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Warning about phone scam and phishing messages

By Spencer L. SooHoo, PhD
Chief Security Officer, EIS

There are two recent computer-related scams targeting Cedars-Sinai.

Phone scam

We recently received at least two reports of a phone scam where the caller says they are a "new vendor" for Cedars-Sinai and are calling because "your computer is spamming a lot of network errors." The caller asks you to connect to a website and click on a button to install remote control software so they can "fix" the problem.

This remote control software effectively gives the caller control over your computer and they can see what is on the screen, run programs, download other programs (i.e. malware), view files, etc. In one of these instances, the caller said would cost $10-$60 to "fix" the problem. The user got suspicious, hung up, and called the EIS/Dell helpdesk to report the incident. By then, the caller already had control of the computer.

EIS and Dell support staff use a similar type of software to provide remote support, so if you ever receive a call from "IT support" with a request to go to a specific website and authorize a login, make sure you get the caller’s name and look it up in the Exchange mail directory’s Global Address List (GAL). If you are still in doubt, don’t hesitate to call the EIS/Dell service desk at (310) 423-6428. The only people who will be calling to provide remote support will be either EIS or Dell employees - they will have a Cedars-Sinai e-mail account and be listed in Exchange.

Email phishing attack

On Monday, we received several reports of an email phishing attack. The email message tells you that you have exceeded the storage limit on your cshs.org email box, and you must click on a link to fix the problem. Once you click on the link, you are prompted to enter your username and password.

If you did this, please change your password immediately. When some users fell for this attack in the past, the attacker used their username/password to log into their mailbox to send out spam (see my blog on this http://blog.csmc.edu/csoblog/2011/10/11/were-not-1-thank-goodness/). (Please note this blog is available only within the Cedars-Sinai campus network.)

As part of an effort to help you distinguish between legitimate mail messages and scams/phishing messages, all messages with a link to a login page will have the Cedars-Sinai Security seal shown at right. This is scheduled to be phased in over the next few months and will be implemented in conjunction with a website that lists legitimate broadcast messages sent to all Cedars-Sinai workforce members.

If you have any questions, please contact me at spencer.soohoo@cshs.org.