“Phishy” Emails to Students Raise Concerns

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Students at Temple University received a strange email Tuesday, April 10th around 9 AM. The email was disguised as a security upgrade from the TUMail Helpdesk. However the sender of the email was not anyone from TUMail Helpdesk.

Not every Temple student received the email, but a large group of students did. The Temple IT department has advised in an automated message that all students who received the email to not click on any of the links throughout it and to delete it.

Students who received the email now worry of the privacy of their TUMail accounts and other information used with their TU accounts. They fear the security of Temple’s IT service may not be as strong as a university’s services should be. Students also fear that others could learn that the TUMail HelpDesk is easy to impersonate online and other could attempt to do it again.

The Temple IT department has also assured that the email address that sent the original email has been terminated from their systems. They described the act as “Phishing,” a way to trick users into giving up their email and password.

City Officials Hold Town Meeting to Discuss Proposed Legal Opioid Sites

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On March 27th, city officials held a meeting at Congreso de Latinos Unidos on North American Street in the Kensington area of Philadelphia. The meeting was called to discuss the proposed legal safe injection sites.

About 1,200 lives were lost in 2017 due to opioid overdoses. The sites will be supervised areas where opioid users can use clean needles with medical workers standing by in case of an overdose.

The meeting on Tuesday brought the community together to teach residents ways to deal with a person who has overdosed. Attendees were given safe injection kits to use when handling used needles and were also taught ways to dispose of them properly.

“Once they [the kits] are completely filled you can take them over to a Philadelphia prevention point,” Damaris Feliciano says. Feliciano is the Director of Community Relations and Strategic Initiatives for the City of Philadelphia and a supporter of safe injection sites.

The meeting later had an open floor for residents to ask questions and make comments on the officials plan for safe injection sites. One community member voiced that the safe injection points are coming to the area now due to the gentrification of the Kensington and Fishtown areas.