Phishing Alert: Blackboard Course Message Notifications | Information Technology | University of Pittsburgh

Phishing Alert: Blackboard Course Message Notifications

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 19:15


Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims a new course message notification has been sent to you from Blackboard and that you need to click a link to view it.

The following is a sample of the recent fraudulent email. If you receive this message (or any message similar to it), delete it without replying, opening any attachments, or clicking on any links within the email.


From: Blackboard


Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 1:39 PM


To: Recipient


Subject: Course Message Notifications


A new course message notification has been sent to you.


To view the message, Click here.<URL removed >




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

BB phish


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 a free version of Malwarebytes for individuals and departments. 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.