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Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Thurs., 7/9

July 9, 2020

On July 9, 2020 a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “Task Require” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by “Kumble R. Subbaswamy,” and informs the recipient “I need you to get a task done”.

Caution:This email did not come from the University of Massachusetts. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into providing your personal information or other things of value. 

Check Your Junk Email for Miscategorized Items

July 9, 2020

As the campus transitioned to remote work, teaching, and learning, members of the university community rely more on email for important, time-sensitive announcements and other information. 

UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT) is receiving reports that our spam filtering software may incorrectly categorize some messages as junk. This is likely due to the increased volume of emails sent on a daily basis. We recommend that you: 

SPIRE Unavailable - 5 p.m. on Fri., 7/3 - 5 p.m. on Sun., 7/5

July 3, 2020

SPIRE, the university's student records system, will be unavailable from 5 p.m. on Friday, July 3, until 5 p.m., on Sunday, July 5, while UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT) performs planned maintenance. 

If you are experiencing issues with SPIRE outside of the maintenance window, please contact IT User Services at 413-545-TECH (8324) or it@umass.edu.

Photo Labs Network Unavailable, Fri., 7/3

July 3, 2020

Networking equipment at the UMass Amherst Photo Labs is currently unavailable due to an unscheduled outage.

At 2:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020, networking equipment at the Photo Labs reportedly went down.

Following an investigation by UMass Amherst IT's Network Operations team soon after, it was discovered that water had sept through an exterior wall, causing damage to some equipment, knocking the building's network offline.

Security Alert! New Phishing Scams Target UMass Amherst Community - Thurs., 7/2

July 2, 2020

On July 2, 2020, new fraudulent phishing messages with the subject “Quick Response” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The emails appear to have been sent by "Maria Rushby" and “Russell Tessier,” and ask the recipient “Get back to me with your available text number.”

Caution:These emails did not come from the University of Massachusetts. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into providing your personal information or other things of value.