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Identifying Malicious Email

Malicious emails account for the majority of security breaches. StationX, a top cyber security training and development platform, reports that 3.4 billion phishing emails are sent every day, accounting for 1.2% of all email traffic around the world. The Ohio University office of Information Security has provided resources to empower our community with the knowledge to identify, report, and mitigate these attacks. 

What to do if you clicked on a Link

If you clicked on a link or button in a scam email and entered your OHIO ID and password into the resulting site, you should change your password immediately. If you need assistance changing your password, contact the IT Service Desk at 740-593-1222 or

Phish Bowl

The Phish Bowl is a tool designed to promote phishing awareness. Phishing is the top social attack on businesses, responsible for more than 90% of security breaches. There is no concrete way to prevent phishing attacks, meaning awareness is our strongest line of defense. As wide-impact phishing messages are reported, they will be posted on the Phish Bowl along with a verdict and a date. Phishing messages come in a variety of formats. Be sure to check out types of phishing messages to see common phishing attempts the University receives.

Additional learning

Our video, Spot the Signs of Phishing, provides useful information about recognizing phishing emails.


To report a phish or ask for assistance in determining legitimacy, forward the email as an attachment to You can learn how to forward as an attachment here.

For additional information in identifying malicious emails, visit StaySafeOnline for a wide variety of educational resources to learn how to protect yourself, your family, and your devices.