Alerts and Advisories

Information Security Alert: Change your RIT Password and Heartbleed Follow Up

Information Security Alert: Change your RIT Password and Heartbleed Follow Up We wanted to provide an update on the Heartbleed situation and remind you to change your RIT passwords. The Heartbleed bug has been widely reported and will require action on your part.

Information Security Alert: Heartbleed bug may have exposed your passwords

Information Security Alert: Heartbleed bug may have exposed your passwords

 

Why am I receiving this message?

As you may have heard in the news, a major worldwide vulnerability has been discovered that may affect 2/3 of the websites on the internet.

  • Heartbleed bug—there is a flaw in versions of OpenSSL that

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RIT Information Security Alert: Phishing attacks targeting RIT!

RIT Information Security Alert -- Phishing Attacks Targeting RIT

Why am I receiving this message?

A number of RIT computer users are clicking on links and supplying passwords in response to messages that may appear to be official RIT communications. There are several phishing attempts circulating around RIT. Here are a couple of them with hints on how to recognize that they're phishing attempts.

Phish #1

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Phish #2

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RIT Information Security Alert -- Ransomware Attack

RIT Information Security Alert -- Ransomware Attack

 

 

Why am I receiving this message?

RIT computers have been attacked with CryptoLocker ransomware. Ransomware is malware that encrypts contents of your computer and then demands a payment in order to receive the decryption key and retrieve the data. Ransomware has been around for a couple of years now, but there's been a spike in activity over the last week, and yesterday, a couple of RIT computers were infected.

How do I protect myself against a ransomware attack?

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RIT Information Security Alert--Phishing Season is Still Open!

RIT Information Security Alert- Phishing Season is Still Open!

Why I’m Receiving This?

RIT continues to receive a number of phishing attacks. One current phishing attack is disguised as an email from the Helpdesk and references a pending upgrade. This one is pretty generic, although the attacker has apparently harvested RIT email addresses:

How do I know these are phishing attempts?

  • We didn't include the addressees in the screenshot above,
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RIT Information Security Advisory - Windows Tech Support Scam

RIT Information Security Advisory - Windows Tech Support Scam

 

The Windows Tech Support phone scam is sweeping the country and you may have already received a call from the scammers.

Why I’m Receiving This

The Windows phone support scam is ensnaring many victims:

Phone call from Microsoft—Many people have received calls from people purporting to either work directly for or contracted by Microsoft and that Microsoft is aware of problems with your computer or has... ...

RIT Information Security Advisory - Scam Watch!

 RIT Information Security Advisory - Scam Watch

 

We've seen a lot of spam over the last few weeks offering everything from cash loans to faculty and staff, various jobs for students, mortgage refinancing, etc. Every year, a few members of the RIT community fall for various scams. You may recognize some of the scams below.

 

Why I’m Receiving This

We're seeing the following scams:

  • Faculty & Staff: Apply online for a Cash Advance Loan—RIT faculty and staff are
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RIT INFORMATION SECURITY ALERT -- "Your e-mail will expire soon" Phishing Email

RIT INFORMATION SECURITY ALERT -- "Your e-mail will expire soon" Phishing Email

 

 

RIT email users have received another phishing attack that mimics an RIT official message. PLEASE DON'T CLICK ON THE LINK AND PROVIDE YOUR INFO! You'll receive many of these phishing attempts through the academic year. We won't be able to warn you about all of them.

What does it look like?

Here's a screenshot of the email.  

How can I keep myself safe?

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RIT INFORMATION SECURITY ALERT -- "Unrecognized Login Warning" Phishing Emails

RIT INFORMATION SECURITY ALERT -- "Unrecognized Login Warning" Phishing Emails

 

Why am I receiving this message?

RIT email users have received a phishing attack that mimics an RIT official message:

If you've received a message with the Subject Line: Important Notification or with no subject line but referencing unauthorized use of your email account, please delete it.   ... ...