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The Information Security Office provides leadership to the RIT community in safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity and availability of RIT’s  information resources.

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Get information on how to safely remove private information from your devices and stay protected. The chain of security is in your hands.

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The Private Information Management Initiative (PIMI) seeks to identify and reduce the amount of private information found on RIT computers and storage devices.

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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—Payroll message! Phish

Why am I receiving this message?

Many RIT faculty, staff, and students have received an email masquerading as an important message regarding 2017 payroll.

Sample Phishing Email

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From: myRIT <Sender email address>
Date: Mon, June 26, 2017 at 6:06 PM
Subject: Payroll message!
To: recipient email address

1 New Notification Regarding Your 2017 Payroll

http://www.rit.edu/h/payroll/2017/f0rms.pdf <The original link goes to a page that looks like an RIT login page. We’ve replaced it.>

University of Florida.

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How do I know this is a phishing attempt?

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RIT Information Security Alert--Campus Notification Phishing Attempt

RIT people are receiving an email masquerading as a Campus Notification sent from the RIT Message Center. The message is originating from off campus and includes a link to a non-RIT address. Clicking on the link will take you to the phishing site.

Here’s the phishing email:

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From: "RIT Message" <k.milne-15@student.lboro.ac.uk>
Date: Apr 10, 2017 5:55 PM
Subject: Campus notification
To: <RIT ADDRESSEE>
Cc:

Hi there,

You have an important campus notification Follow the link to read the notofication

Campus notification

Thank you.

RIT Campus Notification,... ...

RIT Information Security Alert--Memo from HR Department Phishing Attempt

Here’s the phishing email:

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From: John Daniel <offsiteaddress>

Subject: Memo from HR Department
To: <RIT ADDRESSEE>

Greetings,

 

You have a message from the Human Resources Department.

 

Click here to view your message <Link goes to spoofed Outlook Web Access page>

 

Copyright © 2017. All rights reserved.

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How do I know this is a phishing attempt?

  • The days of looking at an email and knowing immediately that it's a phishing attempt
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RIT Information Security Advisory: Stealthy Word-wire Cyberattack

Cybersecurity firms are warning of an additional attack that targets the same vulnerabilities targeted by the WannaCry ransomware. Unlike WannaCry, this is not a ransomware attack. Instead the attackers take control of your computer and use it to mine virtual currency (cryptocurrency).

The issue for you is that even though the attackers haven’t yet encrypted your files and demanded a ransom, they’re still able to do that at any time, and they also have access to all files stored on your computer. You MAY notice a slowdown in how fast your computer runs or be unable to access specific resources.... ...

RIT Information Security Alert:: Preparing for WannaCry and Other Ransomware Attacks

We’ve seen many reports about the WannaCry ransomware attack that has been hitting computers worldwide. Although a researcher was fortunate enough to accidentally stop the initial wave of attacks, recent reports indicate that the attackers will be launching a new round of attacks. Researchers suspect that initial infections may have occurred through phishing attacks. The WannaCry ransomware itself is promulgating as a worm through networks worldwide. Worms prey on vulnerabilities in unpatched computers. NO USER INTERACTION needs to occur to be infected.

Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts a victim’s hard drive and then demands that a ransom be paid... ...