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Phishing Attack Practical Exercise

This was a 'phishing' attack...fortunately, it was only a practical exercise...

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Had this been a real phishing attack, you may have just given out your date of birth, social security number, banking information, usernames, passwords or created a vulnerability in our networks. Keep these tips in mind while online:

  • Look carefully at the digital signature and the domain to see if it's a trusted source
  • Don't forward suspicious looking e-mail
  • Don't click on links or download documents unless it's a trusted source
  • Create strong passwords (15 characters wither upper/lower case letters, numbers and special characters
  • If you see something, say something
  • Keep your Common Access Card secured at all times
  • Need more training, click here.
  • Send spam and suspicious e-mails to


Indicators from the e-mail:

  • External source & forwarded message: Subject: FW: [EXTERNAL]: military appreciation program - Columbia Employee Store Pass
  • Unknown sender: From: James Keefer [ <mailto:> ]
  • Relevant to work: Columbia Employee Store Pass


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