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Category Archives: Security Breach

Bash Vulnerability Update

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Please note the following updates to the September 25 post regarding the Bash / Shellshock vulnerability.

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eBay hacked

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eBay announced today that their internal and customer databases were compromised about two months ago. Names, addresses, birth dates and encrypted passwords were stolen. They will start prompting all of their users to change their passwords. See links for lifehacker, … Continue reading

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OpenSSL Vulnerability (Heartbleed Bug)

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Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability, named the Heartbleed bug, in the OpenSSL encryption library that could allow attackers to access secure information stored in a server’s system memory, including usernames, passwords, and private encryption keys. OpenSSL is used by … Continue reading

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Adobe Systems Security Breach

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On October 3, Adobe announced a security breach in their network that resulted in the illegal access of customer information and software source code. For more information about the breach, see Adobe’s Customer security alert and the Important Customer Security Announcement posted by Adobe’s chief security … Continue reading

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Phish 2013-05-08 #3

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Phishers used a compromised faculty account to send Phish 2013-05-08 #1 to other USC addresses.  They managed to send about 100 before we detected and blocked it. Phishers often use this technique because it bypasses blocks of external sites and … Continue reading

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Credit Card Security Breach at USC Food Outlets: What You Should Know

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On June 28, 2012, USC Auxiliary Services announced that a security breach had been found in the third-party software system used to process credit card transactions in some campus locations, such as the USC dining halls and the Ronald Tutor … Continue reading

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Summer Cyber Security Reading

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Are you looking to read more on how to keep your computer and all of your personal information secure? Here’s a list of some of our favorite sites that cover cybersecurity topics, from a listing of the latest malware threats … Continue reading

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LinkedIn Warns Users of Stolen Passwords

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LinkedIn is investigating a claim that a hacker downloaded more than 6 million user passwords from the business-oriented social networking site. Anyone with a LinkedIn account is advised to change their account password as a precautionary measure. For more information … Continue reading

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Major Credit and Debit Card Security Breach Announced

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Global Payments, a company that specializes in the processing of credit and debit card payments, announced Friday that they had suffered a major security breach earlier this year. During the attack, hackers stole 1.5 million credit and debit card numbers. … Continue reading

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