OIT to Perform Wireless Upgrades

Tuesday, April 7, Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday April 9, OIT will be performing wireless network upgrades at 6am. Buildings across campus may experience a disconnection in wireless internet service from 6am – 8am. All connectivity will resume by 8am. This maintenance will not impact wired internet connections or phone service.

Phishing Alert – March 30

Monday, March 30, many UA students received a phishing email with the subject “FIXED-TERM (PART-TIME) FACULTY POSITIONS” This email is a scam attempt, not a legitimate job opportunity. 

Remember to notice the red flags of phishing emails. Look at the from email address of the email, and hover over links and attachments before you click to see the web address.

If you did receive an email like this, and you did provide any sensitive information, please contact the IT Service Desk at 205-348-5555 or itsd@ua.edu.

Blackboard Ally now enabled in all courses

In order to help instructors and students transition to online learning, Blackboard Ally for LMS has been enabled in all Blackboard courses. Ally helps make digital course content more accessible by automatically providing alternative formats (such as semantic HTML, audio, ePub, and electronic Braille) and providing instructor feedback and guidance on fixing accessibility issues in a course. Please visit the UA Technology Accessibility website for more information.

Extortion Phishing Emails

OIT has received reports that some campus users have received extortion phishing emails. These emails include threatening language and also a compromised password found in a dark web credential dump. The email attempts to scare the recipient into giving up more information, including a Bitcoin payment. To be timely, the email even includes information about the Coronavirus. 

These types of emails are scams. If the password the malicious actor provided in the email is a password you have used, change it anywhere you may have used that password. Do not provide any further information, and delete the email. If you have any further concerns, contact OIT security at security@ua.edu.