IT Security News

Malicious PowerPoint Slide Show files exploit Microsoft bug to deliver REMCOS RAT
Aug 18, 2017: In what researchers are calling a first, malware distributors are now maliciously crafting PowerPoint Open XML Slide Show (PPSX) files to take advantage of a Microsoft Office vulnerability that is more typically exploited with Rich Text File documents.
70% of DevOps Pros Say They Didn’t Get Proper Security Training in College
Aug 18, 2017: Veracode survey shows majority of DevOps pros mostly learn on the job about security.
How Cybersecurity Became 2017’s Hot New Major
Aug 18, 2017: If recent headlines about attacks on our privacy make one thing clear, it’s that there is a lot of work to do in the world of cybersecurity.
Mozilla Firefox patches 29 vulnerabilities
Aug 11, 2017: Mozilla Foundation released 29 CVE patches to Firefox 55, including five that address critical vulnerabilities.
Android app stores flooded with 1,000 spyware apps
Aug 11, 2017: Three fake messaging apps in the Google Play Store have been found to be distributing SonicSpy malware.
Adobe patches security flaws in Acrobat and Reader
Aug 11, 2017: Adobe has released a set of security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and Mac, patching vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
Microsoft fixes ‘critical’ security bugs affecting all versions of Windows
Aug 11, 2017: Microsoft patched 48 separate vulnerabilities — the majority of which were the highest "critical" rating.
CopyCat malware infects 14M Android devices, steals credits for app downloads
Jul 10, 2017: Dubbed CopyCat, the malware is the first known adware that injects its code into Zygote, a daemon tasked with launching apps on Android devices.
Anthem will pay $115 million in largest data breach settlement in history
Jun 27, 2017: Anthem Inc. agreed to pay $115 million in a deal to end a court battle over the 2015 data breach where hackers gained access to sensitive records for nearly 80 million Americans.
Why Girl Scouts Make Great Cybersecurity Hackers
Jun 20, 2017: On Thursday, Girl Scouts of the USA announced a new partnership with Palo Alto Networks to create a series of cybersecurity badges.

IT Security Latest Alerts

Printer Model/Toner Social Engineering Scam
Jul 24, 2017:

University staff members are reporting they have received phone calls from outside entities requesting printer model numbers.  The “vendor” will ship toner and printer supplies to any departments that disclose this information.  This will result in a large outstanding invoice and the vendor demanding payment because they were given verbal consent for the products shipped.  Please make departmental staff aware of this situation.  Follow our best practices to prevent being a victim of these scams.

Watch out for Malicious Apps Posing as Virus Scanners!
Jun 16, 2017:

A cybersecurity firm discovered several apps related to WannaCry ransomware in the Google Play Store for Androids and in Apple’s App Store. Another hundred fraudulent antivirus apps were also discovered on digital markets. In order to keep your device safe, be sure to only download software from reputable developers and check the app description for grammatical errors, things out of place and user reviews.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Reports Payment Card Security Incident
May 31, 2017:

Chipotle Mexican Grill worked in conjuction with law enforcement, payment card networks and cyber security firms to investigate a payment card security incident reported on April 25, 2017. The investigation uncovered malware designed to access payment card data from cards used on point-of-sale (POS) devices at certain Chipotle restaurants between March 24, 2017 and April 18, 2017. The malware searched for track data (which sometimes has cardholder name in addition to card number, expiration date, and internal verification code) read from the magnetic stripe of a payment card as it was being routed through the POS device. Both Columbia, MO restaurants have been identified as locations infected between March 24, 2017 and April 18, 2017. If you believe you have used a payment card at either location during this timeframe, please be vigiliant when reviewing your charge statements and report any unauthorized charges immediately. For more information, visit

Google Docs Phishing Scam: What We Know
May 04, 2017:

On May 3rd, 2017, news outlets and social media sites were reporting a phishing scam surrounding fake “Google Doc” emails. Learn more!

Apple releases iOS Update to Remedy WiFi Problems
Apr 19, 2017:

A security update was made available for a variety of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices after seeing that attackers within range were able to execute code on a WiFi chip. This update improved input validation, and is available for consumers now. More Info: Apple Security Content of iOS 10.3.1

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