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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 Advisory: Tax Season Scams, Fraud Activity

Each tax season we hear of tax scams. The IRS issues many alerts about various scams and we've provided links to several of them below. As they did last year, cybercriminals are targeting tax professionals (and even payroll departments) to obtain identity information, buying and selling blocks of W2 information on the Dark Web. You can’t prevent the cybercriminals from obtaining your information from 3rd parties. However, you can better protect your information and lessen the possibility of being a victim of tax fraud.

Brian Krebs, a noted security expert and researcher, recommends the following steps:

  • File before the
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RIT Information Security Advisory: Job Scams!

The FBI has released a public service announcement warning college students of common employment scams, These scams often result in financial loss to participating students.

The FBI public service announcement described general employment scams targeting college students. Although we haven’t had any cases reported to us recently, RIT students have fallen victim to various employment scams previously, including ones similar to the example described below. We want to help you identify future scams.

How the Scam Words (from the FBI PSA)

  • Scammers post online job advertisements soliciting college students for administrative positions.
  • The student employee receives counterfeit checks in the
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RIT Information Security Alert: Ransomware on Campus from Academic Program Inquiry

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:   name@gmail.com (name changed)

Recipients:   name@.rit.edu <RIT username>

Subject:  Re: RIT Application

[Executable Attachment] Namecodes.zip

Respected Sir,

I have submitted my application for <Specific RIT Program.>

I have attached an... ...

RIT Information Security Alert: Phishing Attempts with Executable Attachments

RIT people are receiving email with attachments that appear to be purchase orders. We’ve provided an example below. Note that the sender, subject line, and attachment name may all vary.

Sample Phishing email

Attachment: Order No. 1710010.gz [attachment name may vary]

From: Tracey Adams <order at batsam.de>
Date: Thu 1/5/2017 5:27 AM
Subject: [Executable Attachment]Order No. 1710010
To:

Good Morning,

Happy New Year !!! 

Find attached our new purchase order 1710010 

Your confirmation order is required in the next 48 hours Indicating 
possible differences in dates, prices, 
quantities,... ...

RIT Information Security Alert: Phishing Attempts Involving Personal Websites at people.rit.edu

We’re receiving reports of attempts to use personal websites on people.rit.edu to collect user and password information through phishing emails. (People.rit.edu provides a way for the RIT community to create and publish personal websites with the address people.rit.edu/username>.) The emails appear to be from student accounts and contain a PDF file that links to a Google Form posted on various people.rit.edu websites. The Google Form requests username and password information.

Sample Phishing email

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Attachment: New_Blank_Document.pdf [attachment name may vary]

From: [Account Name] <accountname@rit.edu>
Date: Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 12:39 PM
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