Be on the alert for a suspicious email *purportedly sent* from “Public Safety” with the subject line “You have 1 Unread mail!”. This is a confirmed phishing message, designed to trick you into divulging your username and password. If you find a copy of this message in your spam quarantine, please ignore it. This message was not sent from Middlebury’s Department of Public Safety, but was cleverly constructured to look like it was. If you find a copy of the message in your inbox, please delete it. Do not click on the links in the message or reply to the message.
For more information about phishing attacks, please visit http://go.middlebury.edu/phishing.
For more information about the spam quarantine, please visit http://go.middlebury.edu/spam.
Follow the arrows, and find some time for yourself! Take a break from your studies for just one – quiet – moment. You’ll feel refreshed, we promise.
Just follow the arrow
The Unplug and Recharge Room will be available through November on the Upper Level of the Davis Family Library, but you may borrow meditation cushions all year long from the circulation desks at the Davis Family Library and the Armstrong Library.
ITS is relaying to our campus customers an Alert from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team about Quicktime on Windows.
Apple has “deprecated” the Quicktime program and is calling for computer users to uninstall the program. Since this is a security risk, ITS has removed Quicktime on campus computers and replaced it with the VLC program which has been identified as a proper replacement. Many computers on campus already have VLC installed. Adobe is working on some patching of their products which may still depend on Quicktime. Please let us know if you run into any troubles with programs you use here on campus, by contacting the helpdesk (email@example.com) or creating a helpdesk ticket.
Thank you for your part in keeping our campus safe and secure.
Warning! Over the past couple of days Middlebury College has been the target of a well-crafted phishing campaign. Phishing messages are email messages designed to trick you into divulging your username and password. In this case, the phishing messages were written so that they looked like they were sent from Middlebury’s Department of Public Safety. An example of this phishing message is included below.
Middlebury’s email system was able to filter the vast majority of these phishing messages, delivering them into each recipient’s Spam Quarantines. Even with this protection, however, a few individuals released the messages from their quarantines, opened the messages, and clicked on the phishing links therein.
Always use caution with quarantined messages. The quarantine is specifically designed to protect you from phishing attacks crafted to trick you into divulging your Middlebury account username and password. If you have any questions about a quarantined message, contact the Help Desk or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be glad to help.
Sample Phishing Message:
For more information on phishing please visit http://go.middlebury.edu/phish. For additional details about spam filtering and the spam quarantine, please review Spam Filtering at Middlebury.
Fixes and Tweaks
- Internships are now a course type in the Course Hub.
- We’ve made the “access denied” text on the Course Hub more clear to let people know when they can log in to view course materials and when no content is available.
- Added some emphasis to the text on the Directory advertising the “Department Directory“, which is a PDF of central phone numbers and addresses for offices and organizations.
- Fixed an issue with the administration interface for the Middlebury homepage story bars.
Beginning this week, we’ll include some highlights of the work we’re currently doing to keep you informed of upcoming changes.
- Adding integration with Google Drive folders for the Course Hub.
- Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
- Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
- Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.