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

Here’s the phishing email:

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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.

------------------------------------------------------------

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 are over. The sender address and the logo may look authentic. Pay attention to what the email is asking you to do, or if it has an unexpected attachment.
  • RIT does not send out emails requesting your password or asking you to validate your webmail or assist with quarantine by clicking on a link, etc.
  • Phish use a common technique of trying to impart a sense of urgency and trying to get you to supply the requested information quickly.
  • You'll note that the sender address looks somewhat legitimate, and you may receive phishing attacks from spoofed or compromised RIT email accounts. (The ITS account was not compromised.)

What is RIT doing to protect me?

  • RIT blocks most phishing/malware attacks from reaching RIT e-mail accounts.
  • myMail.rit.edu has not been compromised.
  • McAfee VirusScan (McAfee HIPS) with up-to-date virus definitions will protect against viruses and many other threats that may be associated with phishing emails. (Antivirus software is available free to RIT students, faculty, and staff for home use from http://www.rit.edu/its/services/security/).
  • MySpam will block many of these phishing e-mails. However, senders actively modify messages to avoid spam traps like Ironport, and that allows a few to slip through.

What can I do to protect myself?

RID RIT of the phishing attempt

  • REPORT the phishing attempt to spam@rit.edu and infosec@rit.edu
  • INSPECT your computer if you clicked on the link by running a virus scan. (Change your password if you provided it.)
  • DELETE the phishing attempt

For more information

REMEMBER: RIT will NEVER ask for your password through e-mail.

Quick Infosec Tip: Many of us use smartphones or tablets to check our RIT email. Although we can’t hover our cursor over a link to see where the link goes, we can press on the link until we see the pop-up providing that information. We must be extremely cautious in clicking on links from our mobile devices.

Reminder: The RIT Information Security Policies and Standards are designed to help keep RIT and the RIT community safe from cybersecurity threats. <http://www.rit.edu/security/content/intro-policies-standards>