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Google-based phishing attack affecting some UMN users

May 4, 2017
Urgent Update: New Email Phishing Scam!

Google has acknowledged a global phishing attack that originated from their systems and appeared to users at the University of Minnesota as a document sharing invitation. This appeared as emails with the subject line "[Name] has shared a document on Google Docs with you" and were addressed to "hhhhhhhhh."

Google resolved the issue at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3.

If you received and opened this email, and:

  • Clicked the link and entered your username and password, change your password immediately at

    - Please note: Due to the high volume of password resets, there will be some delay before your new password takes effect. Despite this delay, you can continue to work if you keep active browser windows open.

    - You will be asked to re-authenticate with your new password once the change has taken effect.

  • Check your Google email filters and forwarding to be sure that they are set to your preferences.

  • Contact Technology Help at 612-301-4357 (1-HELP) if you need assistance with any of these steps

Phishing emails are fraudulent messages aimed at stealing your passwords or other sensitive information and look authentic, and even cautious people can be tricked. Phishing attacks have been increasing globally and at the University of Minnesota. While our technology team works hard to reduce the impact from these threats, it is impossible to eradicate them all. Visit our recognize and report email scams page to learn how to keep your computers, mobile devices and data safe, both at home and at the U.