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IU tricks employees to see if they’d fall for scam

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Indiana University technology officials say they recently ran a test to see if employees would fall for an email phishing scam.

The (Bloomington) Herald Times reports more than 100 of 1,000 employees responded to the scam email sent last week asking them to change their passwords.

IU Chief Information Officer asked a company to create the email under his name but not his email address. A follow-up message was sent the next day from Wheeler’s IU email address informing employees of the exercise.

IU Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research director Von Welch says the exercise was “kind of like doing a fire drill.” He says the goal is to make sure the school is prepared. He says workers at other universities have fallen prey to similar phishing attacks.