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U-M Investigates Source Of 'Hotline Bling' Emails

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The University of Michigan is investigating the source of a flurry of emails sent to students and staff containing lyrics from the song 'Hotline Bling' by Canadian rapper Drake.

The University of Michigan is investigating the source of a flurry of emails sent to students containing lyrics from a popular Drake song. 

It’s not yet known how many university students and staff received the series of emails, each consisting of a single line of "Hotline Bling", but the number is well into the hundreds. 

Don Welch is U of M’s Chief Information Security Officer. He says what seems like an annoying prank could very well be a skilled phishing scam in disguise.

“You know like a very good technique might be for a sophisticated attacker to try and disguise an attack as some unsophisticated attacker to try to get the security teams to not pursue things seriously.”

Welch says email scams are sent to the university daily, although most aren’t as ripe for social media ridicule. He says the U of M's data security team is still identifying how many students and staff were targeted.

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— Amanda LeClaire is an assignment reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her aleclair@emich.edu

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