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Phishing Warning (February 14)

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Please be aware that USC account holders are receiving the phish listed below. If you believe you have received additional phish that are not listed below, please report them by emailing security@usc.edu. Users have reported receiving messages from ADP Portal … Continue reading

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Recent Phishing Campaigns (January 31)

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Many users have reported receiving phishing emails that claim to be from senior USC administrators. These phish share the following characteristics: They ask you to open PDF attachments or click embedded links to access important or encrypted information. They contain … Continue reading

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New Phishing Warning (November 22)

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Many users have reported receiving the following phish. If you have received the phish, do not click the link or reply to the message. If you have replied, followed the link, or supplied login information, change your USC password as … Continue reading

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New Phishing Warning (April 18)

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Many users have reported receiving the following phish. If you have received the phish, do not click the link or reply to the message. If you have clicked the link, or supplied login information, change your USC password as soon … Continue reading

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New Phishing Warning (December 1)

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Many users have reported receiving the following phish. If you have received the phish, do not click the link or reply to the message. If you have replied, followed the link, or supplied login information, change your USC password as … 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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Staying Safe Online for Consumers

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The booklet below, ​prepared by the ITS Information Security Office, contains important safety tips for browsing and shopping online. Staying Safe Online For Consumers [PDF]

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How to Avoid Being Hacked: Password Management

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One of the best ways to avoid having your sensitive online information from being hacked is by using good password practices, such as using lengthy and complicated passwords and storing these passwords securely. A recent article in the New York … Continue reading

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7 Critical Adobe Flash Updates Released

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Adobe has released fixes for 7 critical remote execution vulnerabilities in its Flash Player software. These vulnerabilities affect Flash Player for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android 3.x, and Android 4.x. These exploits could cause your computer to crash and could potentially … Continue reading

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What’s the Worth of a Hacked PC?

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You’ve heard the warnings about the various worms, viruses, and phishing schemes that might be targeting your computer, but have you ever stopped to think about what hackers get when they successfully attack a machine? KrebsonSecurity has posted an article … Continue reading

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