UC Riverside is a prime target of attacks from cybercriminals, including but not limited to phishing, ransomware, and job offer scams. Some of these attacks have already claimed victims at UCR this year. The financial, mental, and emotional toll of cyber crime is immense, which is why ITS wants to remind the Highlander community to follow cybersmart practices and remain vigilant when using technology. Visit its.ucr.edu/iso-alerts for current security alerts. Visit its.ucr.edu/cybersmart for cybersmart tips and resources. 


Notice of Malicious Phishing Emails Targeting UCR

Please be advised that ITS has received reports of malicious phishing emails that are written to look as if they are coming from reghelpdesk@ucr.edu, other Student Services departments on campus, or individual campus users. 

The subject of the email will look like it is a reply to an email (i.e., the subject line begins with Re: or RE: ).

The body of the email will contain a hyperlink with the text "DOCUMENT DOWNLOAD LINK" that directs the user to a zip file download or other Microsoft Office document. This file contains malware and should not be downloaded or opened.

DO NOT click on any links in suspicious emails. All users are advised to report suspicious emails to the ITS abuse email account at abuse@ucr.edu. For step-by-step guidance on how to do this, please visit the IT Knowledge Base at kb.ucr.edu and enter "Email Phishing: How to notify the UCR Information Security Office" in the search bar.

As always, ITS encourages you to remain vigilant and follow cybersecurity best practices when learning and working online. For additional resources on how to handle future suspicious emails, please refer to information security guidance on the ITS website at its.ucr.edu/cybersmart.