On a single day this week, 332,000 eMails came into the University of South Carolina-Aiken eMail server addressed to students, faculty, and staff, reports the Morris News Service–and 97 percent of them were spam. That volume of junk eMail is hardly unusual, says Michael Casdorph, the university’s director of networks and systems. "It’s really all year round," he said. "It’s not just at the beginning of the year." Nevertheless, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs warns that the start of the school year brings a flurry of identity theft, phishing, links that unleash viruses, and other online attacks. It’s triggered by the beginning of classes, when students in grade schools and colleges are eagerly adding new and old friends to online social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, according to the department. Casdorph says the university computers are well-protected from internet attacks, but instructing the students how to protect themselves when they’re not using the campus network isn’t part of official university curriculum…

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