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Yes, Asante News is safe to open

How to tell the difference between the real and the fake Asante News.


Phishing emailAs part of routine security awareness training, Asante Information Security recently sent 3,000 employees a spoof email that appeared to be Asante News. The purpose was to make sure employees are on their toes when they consider opening emails that come from potentially malicious actors. The clues that this was not an official Asante newsletter were:

  1. The email contained a yellow highlighted warning indicating it came from outside our system. Our employee newsletter does not have a warning.
  2. The “from” field used a made-up email address. No internal newsletters are sent from “corp-internal.com.” Instead, the sender’s field will read “[email protected]

ITS has conducted other stings in the past. In September, it sent an email that appeared to be from CEO Scott Kelly, but with similarly telling cues. That too contained a yellow warning label,  sloppy graphics, grammatical errors and it used the old Asante Health System name.

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3 Comments. Leave new

  • Andrews, Zachary 57772
    July 7, 2020 8:20 am

    Point #3 is not necessarily correct. For me, images never automatically load in Outlook for the legitimate Asante Newsletter.

    • Trudy Boteilho
      July 7, 2020 8:48 am

      Same as above for me. Images don’t automatically load!

    • Shirleen Holt
      July 7, 2020 9:15 am

      Thanks, Andrew. We removed that because not all users have changed their Outlook settings to automatically download images.


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