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Phishing Warning

NYS ITS Cyber Security Alert:  “American Airlines” Phishing Email

The NYS Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) is alerting users of a new email phishing campaign targeting state and local government.  The email includes enticing deals on airline tickets from American Airlines.  The embedded links direct unsuspecting users to ransomware downloads.  Email subject lines include: AmericanAirlines discount; AmericanAirlines free 100$; Bonus from American Airlines; Free fly with AmericanAirlines.  The sample below shows some of the possible email content.  If you receive one of these emails, please delete the email immediately, DO NOT click on any links in the email, and DO NOT forward the email.  If you have questions regarding the email or need further assistance, please contact the Cyber Command Center CyCom@its.ny.gov or by phone at 518-242-5045.

Phishing email scams occur year round.  The following table contains helpful information on the red flags you should watch for in the messages you receive.

Email Red Flags

Flag

Considerations

To

Look to see if the message was sent to you or if you were copied on an e-mail sent to someone you don’t know. If multiple people were sent the message, do you know any of them and/or does the list make sense (e.g., they are all coworkers or family members)?

From

Check the sender.  Do you know this person?  Would they normally send you a message like this?  If you don’t know the sender, was this message solicited? Do you know anyone who personally knows the sender?

Subject line

 

Subject lines often create a sense of urgency, interest, or suspense to encourage you to open the message. You should consider subject lines like these a red flag.

Date and time

 

Look at the date and time. Was the message sent at a time you don’t expect to get messages, like the middle of the night?

Content

 

Review the content of the message. Does it contain spelling or grammatical errors? Does the message request that you take action (e.g., download a file, send information) to confirm an account, or prevent something bad from happening?

Links

 

Examine links in the message. Hover over the link (DO NOT click it) and you will see the link’s location display in the browser. Does it contain a misspelling of a legitimate web site?

Attachments

 

Online scammers use attachments to trick you into installing malicious code. The file names sound legitimate or make you curious to open them.

 

If you are vigilant, and watch for telltale signs of a phishing email, you can minimize your risk of falling for one.  As a reminder:

  • Do not open email or attachments from an untrusted source.  If you receive a suspicious email, the best thing to do is to delete the message.
  • Do not click on links from an unknown or untrusted source.

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Current Employment by Industry

Data for Utica-Rome, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area

(Data are not seasonally adjusted. Data are preliminary and subject to revision.)

Data in Thousands.

Industry

JUN 2015

MAY 2015

JUN 2014

Net Month

Percent Month

Net Year

Percent Year

Total Nonfarm

130.3

128.8

128.2

1.5

1.2%

2.1

1.6%

Total Private

98.3

97.0

96.2

1.3

1.3%

2.1

2.2%

Goods Producing

14.6

14.3

14.6

0.3

2.1%

0.0

0.0%

Natural Resources, Mining and Construction

3.5

3.3

3.5

0.2

6.1%

0.0

0.0%

Manufacturing

11.1

11.0

11.1

0.1

0.9%

0.0

0.0%

Service Providing

115.7

114.5

113.6

1.2

1.0%

2.1

1.8%

Private Service Providing

83.7

82.7

81.6

1.0

1.2%

2.1

2.6%

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

21.8

21.4

21.4

0.4

1.9%

0.4

1.9%

Wholesale Trade

3.4

3.3

3.3

0.1

3.0%

0.1

3.0%

Retail Trade

13.9

13.8

13.8

0.1

0.7%

0.1

0.7%

Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities

4.5

4.3

4.3

0.2

4.7%

0.2

4.7%

Information

1.7

1.7

1.7

0.0

0.0%

0.0

0.0%

Financial Activities

7.1

7.1

7.2

0.0

0.0%

-0.1

-1.4%

Professional and Business Services

7.5

7.4

8.2

0.1

1.4%

-0.7

-8.5%

Education and Health Services

28.0

28.6

26.6

-0.6

-2.1%

1.4

5.3%

Leisure and Hospitality

12.5

11.4

11.5

1.1

9.6%

1.0

8.7%

Other Services

5.1

5.1

5.0

0.0

0.0%

0.1

2.0%

Government

32.0

31.8

32.0

0.2

0.6%

0.0

0.0%

Federal Government

2.3

2.3

2.3

0.0

0.0%

0.0

0.0%

State Government

6.8

6.8

6.9

0.0

0.0%

-0.1

-1.4%

State Government Hospitals

1.2

1.2

1.3

0.0

0.0%

-0.1

-7.7%

Local Government

22.9

22.7

22.8

0.2

0.9%

0.1

0.4%

Local Government Education

12.6

12.7

12.4

-0.1

-0.8%

0.2

1.6%