A computer in an RIT department was infected with ransomware from a file attachment purporting to be an example of work from a student. The student name on the email was spoofed. The email had been caught in the RIT spam filter. However, the spoofed sender name looked authentic and the recipient released the email and opened the zipped attachment, triggering the ransomware attack.
Sample Phishing Email
Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (name changed)
Recipients: name@.rit.edu <RIT username>
Subject: Re: RIT Application
[Executable Attachment] Namecodes.zip
I have submitted my application for <Specific RIT Program.>
I have attached an... ...