Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to several variations of a new email phishing scam that claims to have evidence that the recipient visited an adult website. The scam claims the evidence will be released to friends/family unless the recipient pays a ransom in Bitcoin.
There is no indication that the perpetrators of this scam possess any such evidence. If you receive this message (or any message similar to it), please report it as a phishing scam by forwarding the email message as an attachment to email@example.com. Detailed instructions on reporting scams are available at http://technology.pitt.edu/phishingscams.
CSSD strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources. Avoid clicking on links contained in such emails, as these may lead to sites that contain harmful software. If a link looks suspicious, you can hover over the link with your mouse to preview the URL without clicking on it.
In addition, CSSD recommends that all users install Symantec Endpoint Protection software and use the LiveUpdate feature to get the latest virus definitions. As a complement to Symantec Endpoint Protection, CSSD offers Malwarebytes Premium for individuals and departments at no cost. Students, faculty, and staff can download Malwarebytes and Symantec Endpoint Protection at no cost through the Software Download Service at My Pitt. Departments can submit a help request to obtain Malwarebytes for multiple machines.
Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP  if you have any questions regarding this announcement.