Northwestern emails hacked by Google doc phishing attack

Allyson Chiu, Campus Editor

A phishing email attack disguised as a Google doc link has compromised the accounts of many Northwestern students and employees, NU Information Technology said Wednesday.

The attack was discovered by NUIT at 1:30 p.m., according to an email from its office. Anyone who receives an email from a Northwestern address containing a link to view a Google doc should not open it, NUIT recommended. If opened, the recipient’s email also becomes compromised, the office said in the email.

According to students from other institutions, including the University of Virginia and Georgetown University, the same attack has affected their school email addresses.

NUIT is aware of the attack and is investigating solutions, the email said. NUIT recommended that those who have already been affected by the attack change their email passwords.

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