Phishing Alert: Pitt Quick Authentication Scam | Information Technology | University of Pittsburgh

Phishing Alert: Pitt Quick Authentication Scam

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 16:14

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims you must sign in to your University email address for Quick Authentication. The link in the body of the email message directs the user to a malicious Web page that mimics the University's Pitt Passport login page and attempts to steal the user's credientails. The email scam usually originates from a 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 Detailed instructions on reporting scams are available at


Subject: Authentication Requirements for All PITT Users 

Hello Pitt!!

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


<link removed>  


University of Pittsburgh


The link in the phishing email directs readers to a malicious Web page (shown below) that mimics the University's Pitt Passport login page. Remember that the real Pitt Passport login page always begins with 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.