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Recent Security Updates

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Microsoft: On August 11, Microsoft released its August 2015 Security Bulletin, which included a number of security and operating system updates, including critical updates for Internet Explorer, Office, Edge, and more. For more information on these updates, see Microsoft’s Security Bulletin page. Apple: On August … Continue reading

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Facebook Launches Security Checkup Tool

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Facebook announced the release of a new tool called Security Checkup, which guides users through three steps to help strengthen the security of their accounts. The first step presents you with a list of browsers or applications that are currently … Continue reading

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Recent Security Updates

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Microsoft: This week, Microsoft released a critical security update to address a zero-day vulnerability in Windows that could allow a malicious user to take over an exploited computer. This update comes a week after the company released its July 2015 Security … Continue reading

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Security Update for Adobe Flash Player

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Adobe has released a security update for Flash Player. This update addresses a recently disclosed zero-day vulnerability that could result in system crashes and remote code execution. To update to the newest version of Flash Player, visit the Adobe downloads site at get.adobe.com/flashplayer. For more information about this vulnerability, see … Continue reading

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Phishing Warning 2015-05-05

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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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For Your Reference: Phishing Scams Targeting University Employees

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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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Phishing Scam Regarding Financial Services Provider John Hancock

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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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Kerberos KDC Flaw Requires Microsoft Out-of-Band Patch

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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

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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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