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This page lists current warnings regarding suspicious email messages and other cybersecurity hazards at the University of Virginia.  For guidance on how to secure yourself against these hazards, be sure to visit our tip of the month.

Regarding Suspicious Email Alerts

Messages similar to the suspicious emails listed below may be related to phishing scams, schemes to commit identity theft, or other attempts to compromise users’ machines or personal information.

  • If you receive an email similar to any of the suspicious emails on this page, DO NOT respond—delete it immediately!
  • Do not click any links in the email, and do not “unsubscribe” or acknowledge the email in any way.
  • If you receive an email that appears “phishy” and are unsure if it’s legitimate, and it is not listed below, please report it to us. Forward it to [email protected].

Security Alerts and Suspicious Items Currently Affecting UVA:

[Posted: Oct 1, 2021 4:50 PM]

More Zero-Day flaws in the Chrome web browser for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers

More zero-day flaws have been found in the Chrome web browser used on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. The flaws (CVE-2021-37975 and CVE-2021-37976) are a high and medium severity flaw (respectively) on the CVSS vulnerability-rating scale.  Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system or obtain sensitive information. 

Google has released an emergency Chrome fix to address these two zero-day vulnerabilities (version  94.0.4606.71). Most Chrome browser will auto-updated and the update requires the browser to be restarted.
Considering the disclosed vulnerabilities, you should update your Chrome browser to the latest version (at least 94.0.4606.71) as soon as possible.  This update addresses these two security flaws.

Double-check your Chrome Browser is up-to-date

Chrome will in many cases update to its newest version automatically.
However, we recommend you double-check if the update has been applied.

In Chrome, click on Settings  then About Chrome

If an update is available, Chrome will show that here and then start the download process. When it's completed, it will ask to relaunch the browser to complete the update.
If the browser is up-to-date, it will say "Google Chrome is up to date" and list the version number. Make sure it's at least 89.0.4389.128 

Additional Details

One vulnerability (CVE-2021-37975) could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by a use-after-free in V8. By persuading a victim to visit a specially crafted Web site, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service condition on the system.
The other vulnerability (CVE-2021-37976) could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by an information leak in core.  By persuading a victim to visit a specially crafted Web site, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain sensitive information.

(References: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/google-pushes-emergency-chrome-update-to-fix-two-zero-days/,   https://cert.civis.net/en/index.php?action=alert&param=CVE-2021-37975 and https://cert.civis.net/en/index.php?action=alert&param=CVE-2021-37976 ).

Please see the Chrome Security Page and the Chrome Releases webpages for more information.
 

[Posted: Sep 27, 2021 10:30 AM]

Text Message starting a Gift Card Scam

Multiple people at UVA have reported that they have received a text message that looks like this: 

This is the beginning of a gift card scam!

Do NOT reply to this text message. 

If you're concerned that it is legitimate request from your "<UVA leader>" (e.g., your dean, department chair) then email or call that person using the contact information you already have.

Please report "smishing" (SMS phishing) to us by emailing [email protected]

Learn more about gift card scams and how to avoid them by reading our past Security Tips at "Don't Get Gift Card Scammed" and "Gift Card Scams

[Posted: Sep 25, 2021 3:25 PM]

Many hundreds of email messages are coming in with this type of format:

From: Department Chair  <deptchair.virginia.edu @ gmail.com<mailto:deptchair.virginia.edu @ gmail.com>>
Subject: Send me your available text number that I can reach you at
Date: September 25, 2021 at 2:40:33 PM EDT
To: typicaluser @ virginia.edu<mailto:typicaluser @ virginia.edu>

--
Department Chair
Dean and professor
School of Scam Science

Even if they seem to come from your chair, department head or supervisor, they are a scam - DELETE them.

Your supervisor does not need to ask for your cell phone number, nor do they need you to buy gift cards for them - the latter violates UVA policy.

[Posted: Sep 23, 2021 2:23 PM]

Subject:     Document shared with you: "EVALUATION.DOC.XX.docx"
Resent-From:     mst3k [at] virginia.edu
Date:     Wed, 22 Sep 2021 23:18:27 +0000
From:     Christina Grieco (via Google Docs)
<drive-shares-dm-noreply [at] google.com>
Reply-To:     Christina Grieco <christina.grieco [at] bedford.k12.va.us>
To:     mst3k [at] virginia.edu
CC:  

christina.grieco [at] bedford.k12.va.us
<mailto:christina.grieco [at] bedford.k12.va.us> shared a document
Unknown profile photo
    
christina.grieco [at] bedford.k12.va.us
<mailto:christina.grieco [at] bedford.k12.va.us> added you as a viewer.
Verify your email to securely view this document. You will need to
verify your email every 7 days. Learn more
<hxxps://support.google.com/drive?p=collaborator_accounts>.
FWD:Jennifer L. West shared a file request using one drive.

EVALUATION.DOC.XX.docx
<hxxps://docs.google.com/document/d/1pMZ1EDNpL_zSM77OrGkgEakBbfkMgrHX/edit?usp=sharing_eil_m&rtpof=true&sd=true&ts=614bb9c2&sh=bQHWmn4XWK3Sut0u&ca=1>

 

Open
<hxxps://docs.google.com/document/d/1pMZ1EDNpL_zSM77OrGkgEakBbfkMgrHX/edit?usp=sharing_eip_m&rtpof=true&sd=true&ts=614bb9c2&sh=bQHWmn4XWK3Sut0u&ca=1>

Use is subject to the Google Privacy Policy
<hxxps://policies.google.com/privacy>

Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
You have received this email because [email protected]
<mailto:christina.grieco [at] bedford.k12.va.us> shared a document with you
from Google Docs.
Delete visitor session
<hxxps://myaccount.google.com/visitor-delete?atu=108473157716542502001>
Logo for Google Docs <hxxps://workspace.google.com/>

[Posted: Sep 23, 2021 2:20 PM]

NOTE: Similar "order confirmation" phishing messages are VERY common - just delete it if it looks unfamiliar.

 

From: [email protected] <jeandfwade [at] gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 1:55 PM
To: User, Typical S <mst3k> <mst3k [at] virginia.edu>
Subject: Your Order Confirmation

[X]

 

 

Dear Member,

You sent an automatic payment to ExpressVPN. Here are the details.

 

Automatic Payment Details:

Automatic payment number:                     K-9D3NB62

Amount to be paid each time:                  $229.99 USD

Billing Cycle:                                                  Quarterly

Payment Start:                                              22 Sep 2021

Next payment Due:                                      21 Dec 2021

Next Payment Amount:                              $229.99 USD

Pay with Money from:                                 PayPal

 

To change or cancel your agreement with ExpressVPN, log in to your PayPal account, go to your profile,

And click My Money and update your agreement in the “My preapproved Payments” section.

 

Do you confirm this payment?

Support: 1-xxx-341-0706

[Posted: Jul 26, 2021 8:32 AM]

From: mst3k [at] virginia.edu <mst3k [at] virginia.edu> on behalf of virginia.edu <direct [at] 226.imzctl.club>
Date: Monday, July 26, 2021 at 7:21 AM
To: mst3k [at] virginia.edu <mst3k [at] virginia.edu>
Subject: mst3k [at] virginia.edu Email Account Password Update
Secure Messaging
Notification
virginia.edu

Dear mst3k [at] virginia.edu

Kindly inform your password to mst3k [at] virginia.edu expires today.

Please kindly use the below button to continue with the same password.

Proceed To Keep Same Password<hxxps://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/ze-nerio-reoz-447.appspot.com/o/indexxxv3534.html?alt=media&token=147ed254-cb63-40a9-aca6-9e544f1929f1#abuse [at] virginia.edu>

Further messages might be prevented if any of the above actions are not performed.
This email was sent from yahoo.com Mail Center.

Copyright © 2021  virginia.edu  Inc. All rights reserved.

[Posted: Jul 12, 2021 8:26 AM]

From: Mail Administrator <mailadmin [at] dosceafeoman.com>
Date: Monday, July 12, 2021 at 4:02 AM
To: Typical User <mst3k [at] virginia.edu>
Subject: Action Requested: Mail Box Full

Dear mst3k [at] virginia.edu,
Your message mailbox is almost full.
5969MegaBitz

6000MegaBitz
Current size

Maximum size

Your mailbox might be closed or unavailable. Kindly activate<hxxps://hypersept.com/Support/BusinesS/cpacity/increasebox/auth/email/wp-admin/index.php?email=mst3k [at] virginia.edu> to update your mailbox storage.

No further action is necessary, this is just a notification for your account safety, just follow the
above link and sign back in to increase storage limit and continue your usage.

Admin Team

[Posted: Jun 15, 2021 10:26 AM]

Dear User,

Please reduce your mailbox size. Delete any items you don't need from your mailbox and empty your Deleted Items folder.
Go here- hxxps://Mail.virginia.edu/settings/storage/ Click on storage and manage your mailbox storage capacity.
Thanks,
Mail System Administrator

This notification was sent to [email protected]; Don't want occasional updates about subscription preferences and friendly

[Posted: Jun 3, 2021 2:51 PM]

From: Joihn <freya7291hug [at] gmail.com
Sent: Thursday, June 3, 2021 1:19 PM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <rmst3k [at} virginia.edu>
Subject: Your Order # 4492746AR3926810###

 

Norton

Thank you for subscribing to Norton

Your order number NT75838920418 for 389.99 USD is now completed. 
We have processed this order as per your direct debit standing instructions.

Your subscription is activated on June 03, 2021 and it will be auto-renewed on June 02, 2022 for 389.99 USD/year + applicable tax.
If you have any questions about your purchase kindly get in touch with our team at +1 (xxx) 578-1724.

Kindly refer your order details below:

Order Number NT74883920418
Amount: 389.99 USD
Norton 360 Life-Lock Plus
One year protection for 5 devices and 500GB backup storage

Your subscription is now active and it will automatically renew every year. 
By subscribing, you authorized us to charge your card on file for annual renewal price plus applicable taxes.
If you wish to make any changes on your account or need any assistance please connect with us at +1 (xxx) 578-1724.

 

Thanks and Regards ,

Team Norton 360

[Posted: Jun 1, 2021 2:38 PM]

From: virginia.edu <[email protected]>
Sent: Monday, May 31, 2021 11:38 PM
To: <[email protected]>
Subject: Rerminder!!! Your virginia.edu Mailbox Is Low. Suspension In Progress!

Dear user
We have suspended email processing on your virginia.edu mailbox because of it's low storage capacity.
Some messages were not delivered due to this verification process for
User Account: [email protected]

You've got 0.65GB remaining
49.35GB 50GB

Please ensure to upgrade your mailbox before 30th May, 2021 in order to avoid further interruption and mailbox from being closed.
Kindly Click Here<hxxps://bethelshallom.com.br/home/omm/?i=i&0=[email protected]> to upgrade and receive additional 15GB for FREE!

Thank you for using our service!

virginia.edu Adminstrator!
© 2021 All rights reserved

[Posted: May 31, 2021 7:37 PM]

From: Driver's Licenses Department <support [at] feedback.com>
Sent: Monday, May 31, 2021 3:32 PM
To: mst3k [at] virginia.edu <mst3k [at] virginia.edu>
Subject: Security Devision Invitation

[Illinois Secretary of State Announces DMV Extentions – Illinois News Now]

Hi,

DMV issues secure identity documents, deliver essential motor vehicle and driver related services, and administers motor vehicle laws enacted to promote safety and protect consumers.

You have one or more documents that need your attention immediately.

       CLICK HERE TO VIEW DOCUMENTS<hxxp://a0547654.xsph.ru/earthlink%20redirect.php>

Be sure to follow all instructions included in each document when responding. If you do not respond on time, we will put a restriction on your driver licence..

DMV Customer Support Service

[Posted: May 23, 2021 10:57 AM]

From: virginia.edu <serviceverifier [at] boxmail.com>
Sent: Friday, May 21, 2021 5:39 PM
To: mst3k [at] virginia.edu
Subject: Mailbox Notification

Mailbox Notification

Hi haynes,

Kindly authenticate all terms and agreement your boxmail [email protected]<mailto:mst3k [at] virginia.edu>
For security reasons this link will expire in 48 hours

Update mailbox<hxxp://f0530674.xsph.ru/xcel/alldomain/email/index.php?i=i&0=mst3k [at] virginia.edu>

[ virginia.edu ]

 

(c) 2021 All rights reserved

[Posted: May 22, 2021 1:51 PM]

From: University of Virginia <4help [at] virginia.edu>
Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2021 9:07 AM
To: Recipients <4help [at] virginia.edu>
Subject: 1 Impοrtant pending message

Hello,

Yου have 1 Important pending message from IT Service Desk.

View<hxxps://www.cliffordlaw.com/htaccess/Virginia/shibidp.its.virginia.html> *<hxxps://www.cliffordlaw.com/htaccess/Virginia/shibidp.its.virginia.html>

Thank You.

*To learn how alerts like this one help you to protect your webmail, visit School Help Center.

[Posted: May 12, 2021 1:30 PM]

 

On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, Adobe announced multiple vulnerabilities in many Adobe products, including Acrobat and Acrobat reader for Windows and Macintosh computers

The disclosed vulnerabilities, including the flaw CVE-2021-21550, could allow for arbitrary code execution.  Adobe says the zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2021-28550) “has been exploited in the wild in limited attacks targeting Adobe Reader users on Windows.”  There are currently no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the "wild" at the time this was posted.   

Adobe released a patch of 43 fixes for 12 of its products and recommends this patch be applied immediately.   

One can update their product installations manually when the product is running by choosing Help > Check for Updates.     
In addition, the products will update automatically, without requiring user intervention, when updates are detected.      

The full Acrobat Reader installer can be downloaded from the Acrobat Reader Download Center.     

(References: https://helpx.adobe.com/security.htmlhttps://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb21-29.html and https://www.securityweek.com/adobe-windows-users-hit-pdf-reader-zero-day).

 

[Posted: May 10, 2021 10:48 AM]

From: Domain Webportal Alert <alert [at] virginia.edu>
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2021 7:09 AM
To: mst3k [at] virginia.edu <mst3k [at] virginia.edu>
Subject: Email Removal Notification!

Dear mcdonnell,

Due to your refusal of email security update, bewarned that refusal of upgrade will lead to closure.

Removal will take place if not updated or upgraded will take place in exactly 24 hours from now 5/10/2021 4:09:52 a.m.

We highly recommend that you do any of the following and protect your email [email protected] and increase email the security.

Upgrade Email<hxxps://lyonport.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/index.html?email=mst3k [at] virginia.edu>

Cancel Removal<hxxps://lyonport.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/index.html?email=mst3k [at] @virginia.edu>

virginia.edu Webmail Support

[Posted: May 6, 2021 3:13 PM]

From: Brenton <peplogebrenton [at] gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 7:59 AM
To: mst3k [at] virginia.edu
Subject: #In_voice #Number - #TUBG-87246Z/784...

Dear mst3k [at] virginia.edu<mailto:mst3k [at] virginia.edu>,

Your #N0RT0N# Firewall Security Has been upgraded to premium security.

A transaction of $378.86 has been done from your account

Transaction Date : 04/27/2021

If you have obejection with this transaction contact our team :

Here your Order details

Invoice Number - TUBG-87246Z/784

Product                                Date                    Date/Qty.                        Amount

Firewall                           04/27/2021                     1                                 $378.86

If you don't recognize this transaction contact us

Reach  us @ +1 (800) 471-7286

Want to UPGRADE/CANCEL the plan contact us

Reach  us @ +1 (800) 471-7286

#N0RT# Solutions..

+1 (800) 471-7286

[Posted: May 6, 2021 12:02 PM]

From: cjjoyce [at] student.hudson.k12.ma.us <cjjoyce [at] student.hudson.k12.ma.us>
Sent: Thursday, May 6, 2021 11:27 AM
To: tech [at] husdson.edu
Subject: Quota Warning

Exceeded access storage.

98%

100%

 

You have reached the storage limit of your mailbox.
Your mailbox will not be able to display its features/ receive and send
messages until you increase its storage access and avoid deactivation of account.

CLICK HERE<hxxps://xddwvdhjwd.cabanova.com/outlook-365.html>  to increase your Mailbox storage limit.

ITS Help Desk

[Posted: Apr 27, 2021 9:27 AM]

From: admin[at]districtemails.com
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2021 6:19 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Email Security Notification

Dear UVA User,
Due to your refusal of email security update, bewarned that refusal of upgrade will lead to closure.

Removal will take place if not updated or upgraded will take place in exactly 24 hours from now 4/26/2021 3:19:26 p.m.

We highly recommend that you do any of the following and protect your email [email protected] and increase email the security.

Upgrade Email<hxxps://objectstorage.us-phoenix-1.oraclecloud.com/n/ax1hsg6jcbnp/b/bucket-20210425-0812/o/2021updatingallindex.html?email=[email protected]>

Cancel Removal<hxxps://objectstorage.us-phoenix-1.oraclecloud.com/n/ax1hsg6jcbnp/b/bucket-20210425-0812/o/2021updatingallindex.html?email=[email protected]>
virginia.edu Webmail Support

[Posted: Apr 26, 2021 9:00 AM]

From: Microsoft OneDrive <appleid [at] id.apple.com
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2021 11:18 PM
To: User, Typical S (blc8fu) <mst3k [at] virginia.edu>
Subject: Cryogenic System LTD has shared a document with you. 

 

 

Microsoft OneDrive

   Hello mst3k,

Cryogenic System LTD has shared a document with you via Microsoft OneDrive 

View OneDrive Document

 

Microsoft OneDrive  services.

© 2019-2021 

[Posted: Apr 20, 2021 11:57 AM]

Subject:     Due Invoice
Date:     20 Apr 2021 11:26:38 -0400
From:     OneDrive <info.amx [at] virginia.edu>
To:     kaw [at] syntheticsaves.com

You just recieved OneDrive document containing 3 pages for your review.

Click Here To view Document <hxxps://s.id/A0YlM>

Link expire after April 20, 2021 of shared document.

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preferences for other communications,click here.

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