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Phishing Alert: Staff Policy Update Scam

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 10:18

 

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims to link to an important new staff policy update. The email includes a PDF. The PDF file appears to contain relevant content, but it is hidden by an overlay which obscures the text.  Clicking on the overlay to remove it will direct the reader to a harmful Web page.

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: FWD: NEW UNIVERSITY STAFF POLICY UPDATES FOR ALL STATES [KINDLY ACCESS] OR

FWD: NEW UNIVERSITY STAFF POLICY UPDATES FOR ALL STATES [PLEASE ACCESS]

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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.