University of Colorado Boulder was the target of a phishing scam Monday when hackers used a compromised university email account to send about 5,000 emails to students, faculty and staff in an attempt to steal personal information.

The emails told recipients that “in response to the current hardship in the community to the COVID-19 pandemic,” CU was awarding $2,300 to employees and students. The email was sent from an account with a university email address and titled “COVID-19 Support Program.”

“Supporting the community is essential during these challenging times,” the email stated.

The message directed recipients to a website to submit personal information including their name, date of birth, Social Security number and contact information. It also asked for credit card information in order to receive payment through a prepaid credit card.

The Office of Information Technology was able to intervene within 30…

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