‘Phishing’ attack dupes 74 more U. Iowa employees

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says 74 more employees have been tricked into giving out personal information to online thieves who are trying to steal their paychecks.

University spokesman Joe Brennan said Monday the employees fell for a so-called phishing attack that was similar to one last week that tricked 47 others. He says in each case, they clicked on links and divulged login and password information used to access the university’s online services.

Brennan says those behind the scam are trying to change direct deposit information so that employee paychecks are routed to their bank accounts. He says they succeeded in stealing about $20,000 from two employees.

University police have launched an investigation. Meanwhile, the university is making a number of changes to block the emails and protect employee information.

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