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Phishing Alert: Important Message from Admin Scam

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 16:51

 

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims you have received an important message from the University's Blackboard Learning Management system and must click a link to view it. The link directs readers to a harmful site that attempts to collect their username and password. The email scam usually originates from a non-University email address.

The following is a sample of the recent fraudulent email. If you receive this message (or any message similar to it), please report it as a phishing scam by forwarding the email message as an attachment to phish@pitt.edu. Detailed instructions on reporting scams are available at http://technology.pitt.edu/phishingscams.

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Subject: Important message from Admin

Dear User,

You have received a new message from University of Pittsburgh Admin System sent to you via Blackboard Learning System.

<hyperlink removed>

Greetings, 

Pittsburgh University

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The link in the phishing email directs readers to a malicious Web page (shown below) that attempts to collect your username and password.

Phish Login Page

CSSD strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources. Avoid clicking on links contained in such emails, as these may lead to sites that contain harmful software. If a link looks suspicious, you can hover over the link with your mouse to preview the URL without clicking on it.

In addition, CSSD recommends that all users install Symantec Endpoint Protection software and use the LiveUpdate feature to get the latest virus definitions. As a complement to Symantec Endpoint Protection, CSSD offers Malwarebytes Premium for individuals and departments at no cost. Students, faculty, and staff can download Malwarebytes and Symantec Endpoint Protection at no cost through the Software Download Service at My Pitt. Departments can submit a help request to obtain Malwarebytes for multiple machines.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.