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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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“ITS Administrative Support” phish

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Many people received the following phish. Signs that this is not a legitimate email: It was sent from a non-USC address: dorismacdonald@conejousd.org. It is not our standard password expiration warning. The target link is not a USC site: hxxp://helpdesksecure.moonfruit.com/ We … Continue reading

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Malware spam with subject “Invoice”

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Many people received the following email. The original malicious payload was replaced with the file “Replacement.txt” but the message was still delivered instead of quarantined. We are working with the department that runs the originating email server to resolve this … 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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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

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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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