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Phishing Alert: Blackboard Course Work Notification

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 14:44


Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims you have important course work in Blackboard from your instructor or professor. 

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 Learning ITS

Subject: Blackboard Learning - You have two new course work from your Admin Faculty


Hello user ,

Your Admin faculty has left two important course work in your Blackboard area.

Please click below to read your messages

[URL removed]

Note : The link above will be inactive after 10 minutes when mail has been read.



Blackboard ITS


The link in the phishing email directs readers to a malicious Web page that looks similar to the page shown below. After the user clicks the link in the email, the browser clears the URL bar in an attempt to hide the fact that the user has opened a harmful Web page. The page attempts to collect your username and password.

BlackBoard phishing attempt

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.