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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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Skype Users Receive One-Two Punch of Security Threats

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If you use the popular video chat program Skype, you need to be aware of two recent security issues that could affect your account. The first threat is a worm that is being spread by a series of instant messages … Continue reading

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Microsoft Releases Security Advisory for Internet Explorer

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Microsoft has released a security advisory regarding a vulnerability that affects Internet Explorer versions 6,7,8, and 9. This remote code execution vulnerability could allow hackers to attack your computer through malicious websites. The security advisory, which can be found at … Continue reading

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Patch Tuesday for August 2012

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Microsoft and Adobe have released their monthly Patch Tuesday security bulletins. Microsoft released nine bulletins covering a range of vulnerabilities, five of which are considered critical. Adobe released three bulletins, one for its Reader and Acrobats products, one for Shockwave … Continue reading

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Over-The-Phone Password Change Allows Hackers To Destroy Reporter’s Digital World

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The hacking of the Amazon account of a Wired reporter exposed a security flaw with the way Apple allows users to reset their AppleID passwords. By obtaining the last four digits of the reporter’s credit card, the hackers were able … Continue reading

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