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“Wanna Cry” Ransomware Warning

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A dangerous form of malware is circulating across the globe in the form of a PDF email attachment. Users who open the attachment are exposed to the “Wanna Cry” ransomware, which encrypts all the files on the target computer. Wanna … Continue reading

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April Security Updates

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Microsoft Microsoft recently released security updates for Internet Explorer, Edge, Windows, Office, Office Services and Web Apps, Visual Studio for Mac, .NET Framework, Silverlight, and Adobe Flash Player. For more information about these updates, see the Microsoft Security Update Guide at https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance. … Continue reading

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Recent Phishing Campaigns (April 19)

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USC account holders have reported receiving phishes similar to the one listed below. From: noreply [mailto:noreply-quarantine.2017190406023615.6125F15888BE@acr.org] Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Subject: Email Quarantine: 21 new messages for [USC NetID]@usc.edu Dear [USC NetID]@usc.edu There are 21 new messages in your Email … Continue reading

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Employment Scam Targeting College Students

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The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert about ongoing employment scams targeting college students. The scam works by advertising fake job opportunities on college employment websites or by sending fake job announcements to students via their school email … Continue reading

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Recent Security Updates (January 2017)

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Microsoft Microsoft released one critical security updates for Windows and Adobe Flash Player. This update addresses vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution. Microsoft released three additional updates, which it classified as important, for Windows, Edge, Office, and Office Services and Web … Continue reading

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Recent Security Updates (December 2016)

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Microsoft Microsoft released six critical security updates for Windows, Explorer, Edge, and Office. These updates address vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution. Microsoft released six additional updates, which it classified as important, for Windows and .NET Framework. For more information … Continue reading

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Recent Security Updates (November 2016)

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Microsoft Microsoft released six critical security updates for Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Adobe Flash Player. These updates address vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution. Microsoft released eight additional updates, which it classified as important, for Windows, Office, and SQL … Continue reading

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New Phishing Warning (November 2, 2016)

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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 soon … Continue reading

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Recent Security Updates (October 2016)

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Microsoft Microsoft released six critical security updates for Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, .NET Framework, Office, Skype for Business, Lync, Services and Web Apps, and Adobe Flash Player. These updates address vulnerabilities that could lead to remote code execution. Microsoft released four additional updates, … Continue reading

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What Are the Risks of Public Wifi?

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity issues. Take some time this month to brush up on your cybersecurity knowledge and protect your digital information. It is common practice to … Continue reading

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