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Campus Community IT Security Alert - Phishing

March 27, 2016

Last night a fake message (phish) was sent to many people that purported to be from Julie Buehler. It had several signs that are common in phishes, including:

1. An attempt to stop the recipient from thinking. This is usually done by seeming to be from a person of authority, instilling a sense of urgency, and appearing legitimate through style and branding.

2. An attempt to gain sensitive information – in this case, it was asking the user to log in with their UMass username and password.

Information Security Incident - Th., 3/24

March 24, 2016

The university is investigating an information security incident in which a hate-filled, racist and anti-Semitic flyer was distributed to networked printers and fax machines at several locations on campus.

SPIRE Unavailable from 8:00 a.m. - Sat., 3/26

March 22, 2016

SPIRE will be unavailable from approximately 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 26, 2016 while we perform routine maintenance. Note: Transcripts cannot be processed during this time.

If you experience problems with SPIRE after this maintenance window, please clear your browser's cache before contacting the IT Help Center during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).

Information Security Response Wed., 3/16

March 16, 2016

UMass Amherst IT is currently investigating information security issues and has tightened controls to address them. 

If you experience any issues, please report them to 

UPDATE: Wireless Network - Th., 3/3

March 3, 2016

UPDATE: We had reports yesterday of intermittent wireless connectivity issues. We tightened network controls due to information security activity. Notifications were posted yesterday as we investigated. This impacted faculty, staff, and students in limited locations.

These are the same types of activities as others are seeing across higher education institutions. Throughout the evening and morning, we have had over 18,000 concurrent users successfully connected to the wireless network, which is normal.