Recent IT Security Alerts

    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

    Update LastPass NOW to Protect Your Passwords!
    Apr 19, 2017:

    LastPass, a password manager tool, recently fixed a major security flaw that allowed hackers to steal your passwords and manipulate your account. Users should make sure to update to the most recent verison of the software in order to secure their passwords and other account information. More Info: FAQs about the attack

    Social Engineering Attacks hit Google Maps
    Apr 19, 2017:

    Thousands of fake listings are added to Google Maps each month, and these listings direct users to fake websites that either sell fake or overpriced services. This was popular in larger metropolitan areas like NYC, Chicago or LA, because people would go on Google Maps to find a service and then get re-directed to the website of a fake business…or would call the phone number of a fake business. Google says it has reduced its amount of abusive listings by 70% since June 2015 (peak period).

    Be Careful with Attachments in Your Emails!
    Apr 19, 2017:

    A vulnerability was discovered in Microsoft Word that allowed for zero-day attacks to infect computers with malware through Word-document email attachments. When the attachments are opened, a fake word document is opened while malware is installed on the victim’s computer system. The attack only targeted a limited number of victims, but users should “be wary of documents received from untrusted sources and should enable the Office Protected View mode because it can block this attack.”

    Employment Opportunity Scam
    Jan 23, 2017:

    There is an elaborate employment opportunity scheme currently underway which is targeted towards college students.  Learn more!

    Ho, Ho, NO! Don’t let online deals become cyber steals!
    Dec 16, 2016:

    While this time of year brings out kindness and joy, make sure that you don’t fall for a criminal’s latest ploy!

    Tracking Number Email Scams Target Online Shoppers
    Dec 15, 2016:

    This holiday season don't take the bait! Many shipping carriers have experienced phishing scams targeting consumers. Subject lines often include tracking numbers, and the emails can contain a fake notice from the carrier with attachments and links. Be aware, the attachments and links can contain viruses! Do not give away any personal information. Delete the message immediately. For more information on scams carriers are seeing, visit the FedEx and UPS guides.

    Social Engineering and Phishing Scam Affect LinkedIn Users
    Nov 28, 2016:

    A new social engineering scam is using phishing emails that appear to be from LinkedIn. The phony email claims there's a security issue with the user's LinkedIn account and requests personal information. It informs recipients that it's a "precautionary measure to defend you", but prompts users to provide the information in 24 hours or their accounts will be terminated.  

    Yahoo ‘expected to confirm massive data breach’, says Recode
    Sep 22, 2016:

    Yahoo is poised to confirm a massive data breach of its service, according to several sources close to the situation, hacking that has exposed several hundred million user accounts.

    When virtual meets reality: Pokémon GO is a real world adventure with real-life risks
    Jul 21, 2016:

    The game itself is free of charge, but some of the associated risks can be very costly. Follow our tips to stay Poké-Safe!

    300 Wendy’s Restaurants Fall Victim to Malware
    May 19, 2016:

    Starting in the fall of 2015, Wendy's believes around 300 North American restaurants experienced a malware installation through the use of compromised third-party vendor credentials, which affected parts of the sales system. The malware caused unusual payment card activity. Reports indicated that fraudulent charges may have occurred at other retailers after payment card were legitimately used at Wendy's.  To learn more about what Wendy's is doing and for FAQ's, visit: https://www.wendys.com/en-us/about-wendys/the-wendys-company-updates. 

    Google has released a new update for Chrome
    Apr 29, 2016:

    Google has released a new update for Chrome to address several vulnerabilities for Mac, Windows, and Linux users.

    FBI Successfully Hacks the iPhone
    Apr 05, 2016:

    One hour. That’s all it takes from beginning to end to hack into the iPhone using the UFED Touch device. Time is not the only thing that makes the device easy to use.

    Warning!  Details on the Latest Email Scam
    Feb 03, 2016:

    A number of MU employees and students have had their University and/or personal email accounts compromised.  Find out more about the latest scam tactic and learn how to thwart this attack!