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That LinkedIn message may not be real

Cyberthieves are targeting Asante employees’ social media accounts.


phishing-socialInformation Security has been alerted to Asante users receiving phishing LinkedIn messages and emails. These messages attempt to impersonate legitimate companies or people, sending emails and links that direct you to false websites or infect your computer with malware.

Although Asante has in place protections to deal with these threats, it is important to spot the warning signs and protect yourself and Asante from being compromised. Additionally, these types of malicious messages can exist within your LinkedIn account and should be deleted.

Possible warning signs of a phishing email (and a LinkedIn message) include:

  • Emails and messages containing bad spelling and grammar, and that aren’t addressed to you personally.
  • Emails and messages asking you to act immediately.
  • Emails and messages asking you to open an attachment to install a software update.

If you receive a message on LinkedIn and believe it’s a phishing attempt, you can report it by clicking the “…” icon at the top of the message box, clicking Report/Block and selecting one of the following options:

  • It’s spam or a scam
  • It’s a scam, phishing or malware

Asante’s social media best practices protect you and Asante, so please note the following:

  • Never use your Asante email address and password for social media accounts.
  • Never accept friend  or connection requests from people you do not know. Many accounts on social media are fake and operated by bad actors.
  • Do not post pictures of your work environment that show your (or your co-worker’s) badge or unlocked workstation.
  • Enable multifactor authentication and never authorize a MFA request if you did not attempt to log in.
  • Use strong passwords that are at least 14 characters long.
  • Review privacy settings to help control who can see your profile and send messages.

More information about Asante’s social media policy can be found on MyAsanteNET.

As always, if you have an information security concern regarding a potential phishing email, please use the Report Phish button in Outlook or contact the Service Desk. Thank you to everyone for helping keep Asante safe.

Tags: Alfonso Powers, cyberthreat, fake, malware, Phishing,
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