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Monday in Portland: OHSU apologizes to employees after phishing test draws complaints and more

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Monday, April 18 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. OHSU officials apologize to employees after phishing test draws complaints

Officials at Oregon Health & Science University have issued an apology to employees following the distribution of a fake phishing email that drew complaints about raising false hopes. The email, sent to employees on April 12, offered up to $7,500 in financial assistance, but the offer was not real. It was a test to measure employees’ cybersecurity awareness. It was sent several days after OHSU warned employees about suspicious emails.

Several employees expressed frustration about the phishing test. OHSU released a statement following the incident:

“This week, as part of OHSU’s regular exercises to help members practice spotting suspicious emails, the language in the test email was taken verbatim from an actual phishing email to ensure no one else fell for the scam. That was a mistake. The real scam was insensitive and exploitative of OHSU members – and the attempt to educate members felt the same way, causing confusion and concern.”

2. Firefighters put out early morning boat fire on the Columbia River

A large boat in the North Portland Harbor caught on fire early Monday, according to officials. The roughly 40-foot long boat on fire was reported around 3 a.m. at the harbor on North Bridgeton Road. Portland Fire & Rescue crews worked from the land to extinguish the fire on the bow, while a fireboat worked to extinguish the flames at the stern.

No injuries were reported from the incident. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

3. New DIY studio Creative Culture opens in Portland over the weekend

Creative Culture, a new DIY studio that combines crafting and over the top milkshakes, opened up in Portland over the weekend. The studio features drop-in crafting, private parties, workshops, paint your own pottery and a plant bar.

Creative Culture’s milkshake bar serves up elaborate creations, from fire-roasted s’mores to key lime pie and more. To check out their full menu, click here.

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