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For Your Reference: Phishing Scams Targeting University Employees

Posted on by mbordas

The online news outlet Inside Higher Ed recently posted an article about new phishing scams targeting university employees. The article highlights recent phish emails promising salary raise information and requesting help with processing wire transfers. The article is available at … Continue reading

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“ITS Administrative Support” phish

Posted on by Robert

Many people received the following phish. Signs that this is not a legitimate email: It was sent from a non-USC address: dorismacdonald@conejousd.org. It is not our standard password expiration warning. The target link is not a USC site: hxxp://helpdesksecure.moonfruit.com/ We … Continue reading

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Malware spam with subject “Invoice”

Posted on by Robert

Many people received the following email. The original malicious payload was replaced with the file “Replacement.txt” but the message was still delivered instead of quarantined. We are working with the department that runs the originating email server to resolve this … Continue reading

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Phishing Scam Regarding Financial Services Provider John Hancock

Posted on by mbordas

ITS is aware of suspicious emails sent to members of higher education communities as part of a phishing scam aimed at obtaining individuals’ personal information. These emails appear to originate from the financial services provider John Hancock and instruct recipients to verify their records by clicking … Continue reading

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Anthem-related Email Scams

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The university has been alerted to several scams related to the recent cyber attacks against the medical insurance provider Anthem. Continue reading

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FBI Issued Warning – Destructive “Wiper” Malware

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The FBI released a warning to a wide range of companies that a U.S. business had experienced a malicious software that wipes data from every hard drive it touches.  This malware (some refer to as “wiper”) overwrites computers beyond the point … Continue reading

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Fake UPS/FedEx/DHL email

Posted on by Robert

Every year around this time, we see a significant increase in the volume of fake email claiming to be from UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. Please examine these messages carefully before opening/saving an attachment or clicking on a link. The attachments … Continue reading

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Kerberos KDC Flaw Requires Microsoft Out-of-Band Patch

Posted on by mbordas

BACKGROUND Hackers have bypassed Microsoft’s previous security patch to address the Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) remote code execution flaw resulting in the company issuing an out-of-band patch this week. IMPACT The vulnerability could allow remote elevation of privilege in … Continue reading

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Phishing Attempts Targeting Direct Deposits

Posted on by mbordas

Various universities have reported an increase in the number of attempts to access employee account information by individuals masquerading, in an email or other communication, as representatives of the university’s human resources or employee benefits department. The attackers’ goal is … Continue reading

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Recognizing Malicious Pop-Up Windows

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Some users have reported encountering pop-up windows similar to those below while online. Note that this is not limited to browsing while on the USC networks. This may occur through any connection to the Internet, including home and public wireless … Continue reading

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