PittNet (Wireless):PittNet Updates May Require a Few Extra Steps to Connect

We are constantly working to enhance our Wireless PittNet service. Due to past upgrades of the certificates that are used to connect to our network, you may need to take additional steps to connect. Some devices will reconnect without any issue. 

Take These Steps if You Have Trouble Connecting

To ensure a smooth transition and uninterrupted network service, please refer to the steps below.  

PittNet(Wireless): Connect with Mobile Devices or Linux

CSSD cannot provide instructions to configure Linux devices, cell phones, smart phones, or other wi-fi devices to connect to Wireless PittNet or Wireless-PittNet-Fast. We do provide the information you will need to configure your device to connect:

Network (Wired and Wireless PittNet)



PittNet is a high-speed, multi-service network that provides access to University computing resources, the Internet, and external research networks. All students, faculty, and staff can connect to the network. In order to support an ever increasing number of large bandwidth applications, PittNet is evaluated continually for updates and maintenance requirements.

Phishing Alert: Multifactor Scam Mimics Pitt Passport Login Page

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 13:29


Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims new authentication requirements are coming to Pitt. The email asks readers to click a link to set up Duo multifactor authentication. The link directs readers to a harmful site that mimics the Pitt Passport login page and 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.

******************* VERSION 1 OF SCAM *******************************

Subject: New Authentication Requirements Coming Soon for All PITT Users

Hello Pitt!!

Set Up your Duo University of Pittsburgh Authentication Now Click the Link Below.

<Link Removed>




******************* VERSION 2 OF SCAM *******************************

Subject: Authentication Requirements for All PITT Users

Hello Pitt!!

Sign in your University of Pittsburgh email For Quick Authentication Now!  Click the Link Below.

Update button leads to fake Pitt Passport page


University of Pittsburgh


The link in the phishing email directs readers to a malicious Web page (shown below) that mimics the Pitt Passport login page. Remember that the real Pitt Passport login page always begins with https://passport.pitt.edu in the address bar.

Fake Pitt Passport 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.