While the USU IT System Administration Team (and others around campus) are busy patching enterprise and other central services, we offer some online explanations of the most recently discovered old vulnerability.
Computer Security Threats
Sep 26, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
The latest file-encrypting ransomware, TorrentLocker, has been unlocked by researchers, but the bad guys will tighten up their tool for next time. [Next time arrived!]
Around noon on Tuesday, September 2, about 50 people (mostly professors and graduate research assistants) got a notification that access to ILLiad was expiring soon.
Jun 10, 2014
Phishers may construct a COPY of a USU login page and place it on another server. If they convince you to login there, they will have your password!
We have received several reports of outside calls claiming to be Microsoft Tech Support detecting a virus on your computer. Don't believe it for a minute!
Apr 11, 2014
The OpenSSL/Heartbleed bug has been in the news and at USU as well. We have protected our central systems; you should update all of your passwords and take the opportunity to start using a Password Manager.
Can we talk you into upgrading? No? Read this!
Feb 12, 2014
We received a repeat of the Jan 16th phish that resulted in a couple of Direct Deposit changes in Banner. The message went to the same recipients - USU professors listed in their department website's faculty directory page. Although the message seems credible, the link goes to a hacked ...Click here for more
This one was more generic than the previous two reported on this blog, but was specific to USU and sent to about 3800 addresses here. They really want to get into USU resources. Don't let them!
Feb 1, 2014
This morning (Feb 1) over 200 USU employees received a phish message seeking your login credentials for Self Service Banner (SSB) with the apparent intent of changing your Direct Deposit information.