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Phishing Alert: Security Memo Scam Mimics Pitt Passport Login Page

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 14:24

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims there is a security concern on campus. The email contains an image and link "memo" to review the message. Both the image and link actually take visitors to a harmful webpage that mimics a Pitt Passport login page and attempts to collect their username and password.

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: Message Notice





There has been a security concern on Campus as reported by Safety Department. Please go through the Memo released as below for update and follow protocol;












Many Guns, Linda 


University of Pittsburgh

7500 Thomas Blvd.

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Rights reserved


The link in the phishing email directs readers to a malicious webpage (shown below) that mimics the Microsoft Office 365 login page.

Phishing 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.