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Windows Virtual Desktop: Changes for Spring 2021

January 15, 2021

In preparation for the Spring 2021 semester, we are making some changes to Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD).

Starting Wednesday, January 20:

Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Weds., 1/13

January 13, 2021

On January 13, 2021, a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “You have a Faculty E-Learning message” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email notifies the recipient “You have a Faculty E-Learning message notification file from your Department” and contains a link to “SIGN IN HERE”. The links in the message direct the recipient to a fraudulent version of a UMass login page.

Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Tues., 1/19

January 13, 2021

On January 19, 2021 a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “Just send your cellphone number” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by “Stephen Sireci” and asks the recipient “Kindly reply back with your personal text number ASAP."

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.

Email Delivery Issues Resolved - Fri., 1/8

January 8, 2021

Update Fri., 1/8:

Between Saturday, December 19, 2020 and Friday, January 8, 2021, email messages sent from UMass Amherst email accounts to some non-UMass addresses may have been temporarily delayed or blocked. During this time period:

Security Alert! New Phishing Scam Targets UMass Amherst Community - Weds., 1/6

January 6, 2021

On January 6, 2021 a new fraudulent phishing message with the subject “Student Research Assistant – Job Available-” began targeting UMass Amherst email users.

The email appears to have been sent by “Elizabeth R. Bertone-Johnson, Ph.D.” and informs the recipient “I need an Assistant to work remotely from the comfort of your home as a temporary research aide."

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.

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