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Phishing

The ongoing evolution of digital communication also brings about the evolution of scammers and their methods. Phishing is one kind of such fraud, in which the attacker masquerades as a reputable individual or group, in order to trick users into revealing their private information. Check out our resources to learn how not be baited and reeled in!

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RIT Information Security Alert: Drop Box and "Confirm Your Account" Phishing Attempts

"Confirm Your Account" Phishing Attempts

The phishing attacks have broadened to include a Drop Box associated phish and a simulated RIT Information Security Alert. Both phishes include links to compromised non-RIT websites. 

 

Drop Box Phish

From: Drop Box* <sdinatale@tampabay.com>

You have *1 new important document as of April 04, 2017 which is listed below along with the action that can be taken. You can view or download you documents by visiting preview or download page. Happy Dropboxing! 

- The Dropbox Team

P.S. Learn how to protect your account.

 

Simulated RIT Information Security Alert Phish

Subject: RIT... ...

RIT Information Security Alert: Recognizing that You're Really at myinfo.rit.edu

RIT users continue to be targeted in a phishing attack that masquerades as important messages to employees. The links provided in the email messages closely resemble our myinfo page, but there are a couple of indications that you’ve gone to a spoofed page.

Recognizing the Real RIT myinfo Page

 

Legitimate Site Indications

In the Address Bar: look for the following (from the left):

RIT Information Security Alert: Important Message from Faculty/Staff Phishing Email

RIT users are again being targeted in a phishing attack that masquerades as important messages to employees. The links provided in the email messages resemble our myinfo page.

Here’s one of the variants below. You’ll note that although the end of the link is myinfo.rit.edu, the first part of the link is to a compromised WordPress site. Clicking on that link would take you to the website that mimics myinfo.rit.edu, not to the RIT site. 

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From: Rochester Institute of Technology [mailto:noreply@rit.edu]

Sent: Tue 3/28/2017 1:15 PM

Subject: Important message from RIT Faculty/Staff

Dear Employee:
You have new important message... ...

Avoid Questionable Mobile Apps

Avoid Questionable Mobile Apps

It is important to make sure a Mobile App is reliable before downloading it. Detecting malicious apps is not always easy, but there are a few steps you should take before downloading an app.

One in every five people in the world own a smartphone according to a 2013 report in Business Insider and with the significant growth of smartphone usage, the issues surrounding mobile security have also grown. 

Android users have the highest risk of downloading malicious apps.  Researchers at Kaspersky found over 200,000 samples of mobile malware at the Google Play store and additional... ...

RIT Information Security Alert: Your RIT account information Phish

Many RIT faculty, staff, and students have received an email informing recipients that there’s been a database update and they must follow the link and update their account information. The link leads to a spoofed copy of the RIT login page. A copy of the phish is provided below.

 

Sample Phishing Email

From: Rochester Institute of Technology <Sender email address>
Date: Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 6:01 PM
Subject: Your RIT account information
To: recipient email address

Hello,

Due to a recent update in our database, its is important that you update you account information.... ...