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CourseWeb (Blackboard)

 CourseWeb is the University of Pittsburgh's implementation of Blackboard, a web-based course and learning management system.  Instructors at Pitt use CourseWeb/Blackboard to:

Buying a New Computer

Recommended Configurations

Considering a new computer? Need a powerhouse workstation, or just a basic notebook? See below for our recommended configurations.

IMPORTANT: Before you buy, individuals interested in purchasing computers, accessories, and supplies should visit the Computer Discounts for Students, Faculty and Staff page of the University's Web site for a list of vendor discounts.

Phishing Alert: PITT Faculty/Staff Message Scam

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 15:19

 

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims that the user has a new, important message from Pitt faculty/staff. The message contains a link to a malicious Web page. The email scam appears to originate from the University.

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 PITT Faculty/Staff

Dear Employee:

You have new important message from Faculty/Staff.

Thank You

Click here (link removed) to read

Information Technology Services(ITS)

University of Pittsburgh

 

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTE: The information transmitted, including attachments, is intended only for the person(s) or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and destroy any copies of this information.

Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.

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

Fake Pitt Passport 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.