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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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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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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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Sandworm Vulnerability Requires Another Fix from Microsoft

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BACKGROUND Hackers have bypassed Microsoft’s security patch to address the Sandworm vulnerability in Windows resulting in the company issuing another advisory and warning users of the new threat. IMPACT The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens … Continue reading

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Adobe Flash Vulnerability Currently Being Exploited

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BACKGROUND There is a vulnerability in Adobe Flash that is being exploited in large scale attacks. The vulnerability is being tracked as CVE-2014-0569 (http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0558) on the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database. The exploit includes memory corruption vulnerabilities and an integer overflow vulnerability that … Continue reading

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Bash Vulnerability

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A new vulnerability has been announced that may allow an attacker to run arbitrary commands on your server. This may result in loss of protected or sensitive data and/or service disruption. The easiest targets for a remote attacker are web … Continue reading

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Zero-Day Vulnerability in Internet Explorer

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Microsoft has issued a security advisory about a recently discovered zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer versions 6 – 11. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to install malware on a system without the user’s knowledge or consent if the user … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Upgrade from Windows XP

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ITS highly recommends that users of Windows XP upgrade to a more recent version of the operating system before its end of support date on April 8, 2014. If you are still using the Windows XP operating system, there are … Continue reading

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This Week in Security

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The past week saw a number of  patches, updates, and alerts. Microsoft released a number of security bulletins on Patch Tuesday.   In conjunction, Adobe released updates for Reader, Acrobat, and Flash Player, and issued an advisory about unpatched vulnerabilities in Coldfusion. … Continue reading

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