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ECU ITCS Security Alert - Phishing Scheme

Posted: July 12

ECU ITCS Security Alert - Phishing Scheme

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018

WARNING! ITCS is currently receiving reports of email messages that use a previous password and Pirate ID combination to extort money. The details of the message may include but is not limited to the following: "Well, I believe, $2900 is a reasonable price for our little secret. You will make the payment through Bitcoin"

If you receive one of these emails, please take note of the password and change it immediately if it is being used at ECU or personally. Typically, messages like this are a result of a previous phishing scheme or a malicious site that was visited.

Reminder: ITCS reminds the campus to avoid e-mail scams, hoaxes and Phishing schemes circulating on the Internet and to not provide their password in response to such emails. Scams purporting to be from East Carolina University, Service Helpdesk, ECU IT, ECU Helpdesk, the Web Master, Webmail, the IRS, Your Financial Institution, etc. are bombarding e-mail mailboxes. Although IronPort blocks the majority of such e-mails, some scams successfully reach your e-mail mailbox.

NEVER provide personal or sensitive information in response to any unsolicited e-mail. Don't open unsolicited e-mail attachments. No matter how realistic or enticing the e-mail message, you must remain vigilant in not responding to an e-mail hoax or scam. Just delete it! You can always contact the IT Help Desk to verify the authenticity of an e-mail. ITCS will post our announcements at, users can go there to verify the authenticity of an IT related announcement.

If you have provided personal or sensitive information in response to an e-mail scam and don't know what to do, please contact ECU's IT Help Desk at 328-9866 or

Visit the IT Security website, for examples of e-mail scams and additional information on avoiding them.

ITCS Notification - Blackboard Portfolio Unavailable

Posted: July 11
The Blackboard Portfolio tool is currently unavailable. Technicians are aware and working to resolve the issue. We will send out an ITCS notification when the issue has been resolved.


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