- What is emergency.mit.net?
- Is emergency.mit.net legitimate?
We've gotten a few questions on whether the service at emergency.mit.net is legitimate. (Notice the address ending in .net instead of .edu.)
Yes, it is. MIT owns the domain mit.net and is running the emergency notification service on http://emergency.mit.net/. It is replicated and will normally go to the same place as http://emergency.mit.edu/. Having it routed through a .net domain gives MIT additional recovery options in case something happens to the campus network or the registrar for .edu domains.
- In December of 2008 the MIT Security & Emergency Management Office conducted an initial test of the emergency notification system
- Additional test are being conducted in early February 2009,asking a new set of testers to participate
- These tests send out email messages and cell phone text (SMS) messages to a subset of MIT staff who registered for cell phone emergency notification during a sign-up push in September of 2008
- The testers are an automatically selected sample of staff who registered; it was not opt-in
- Those where were included in the test received an email from William VanSchalkwyk (billv at mit.edu) similar to the below
- They also received a text message on their cell phone asking them to go to emergency.mit.net to fill out a survey
- This can cause some confusion because it sounds a little like a Phishing exercise, directing folks to what appears to be a non-MIT domain to submit information