Computing Services and Instructional Technology

SECURITY ALERT: New phishing scam masquerages as link to a new voicemail message

CSIT has received a report of a new phishing scam.  We do not have any indication that this particular scam is widespread.  This warning is because the timing of this scam – coming during our transition to a new phone system with new features – may make it especially tempting.

SECURITY ALERT: New phishing scam to start the academic year

CSIT has received a report this evening of a new phishing scam.  While this scam is not particularly well crafted, it does come during an especially busy time of year and, therefore, warrants some warning.

SECUIRTY ALERT: Phishing scam targets Office 365 accounts.

CSIT has received a report of a new phishing scam which targets Office 365 accounts.   While not yet widespread, this is a particular concern coming at a transitional period of the academic calendar and in an environment in which we are introducing a number of significant changes.  Please be alert for this phishing scam as you begin your semester.

SECURITY ALERT - Email extortion scam reported

tCSIT has received reports via contacts at University of Nebraska - Lincoln of a new email extortion scam targeting accounts within their domain.  While we have not yet received reports of this scam targeting any NWU accounts, we have seen such scams in the past.  It seems, therefore, an opportunity to remind everyone of another type of malicious email scam.

SECURITY ALERT: Widely distributed phishing scam (redux)

[NOTE: We are resending this security alert due to reports of a new wave of scam email following the same pattern.  The difference between the previous messages and the current wave of messages is primarily the sender address; the more recent fraud appears to originate from a Daniel M. Schmidlin with a CentralMethodist.edu domain address.]

Internet service interruption for planned maintenance

CSIT be conducting planned maintenance on Thursday, 8/2, at about 4:00pm which will result in a brief interruption of Internet services.

SECURITY ALERT: Widely distributed phishing scam

CSIT has received numerous reports within the past hour of a new phishing scam targeting NWU mailboxes. The volume of reports indicates that this is an extremely wide spread attack and that it has been structured to evade our email filters.

SECURITY ALERT: Phishing scam

CSIT has received reports of a phishing scam reaching NWU Inboxes.  The message, while not particularly convincing, is sufficiently wide spread to warrant an alert.

R.I.P. Net neutrality

The end of net neutrality is at hand.

SECURITY ALERT: Phishing scam targeting Office 365 credentials

CSIT has received several reports of a new phishing scam reaching NWU mailboxes this morning.  While this particular scam is not as sophisticated as many we have seen recently, the frequency of the reports prompted this warning.

Summer offers no relief from email scams

CSIT has received a number of reports of a new email scam reaching NWU mailboxes.  This particular scam is a variant of one we have seen previously, though not recently.

Senate passes bill to revoke FCC "net neutrality" rules

On Wednesday (5/16), the US Senate passed legislation which would revoke recent FCC rules changing net neutrality policies.  The vote, however, is unlikely to have anything more than symbolic value.

SECURITY ALERT: Twitter recommending all their users to change password

Twitter has today announced the discovery of a bug in their social media platform which is compelling them to recommend that all their users change their Twitter passwords.

Brief unplanned Internet service interruption (Thursday, 5/3)

Many of you will have noted that there was an interruption of Internet service this morning at about 11:10am.  The interruption was caused when the campus firewall shutdown due to the failure of a UPS to which it was connected.

SECURITY ALERT: Phishing attacks are on the increase

Among all the other challenges during this time of the academic year, CSIT is also seeing an increase in the number of phishing attacks against NWU email addresses.

Tips for Culmination and Finals Weeks

As you all well know, Culmination Week is upon us and Finals Week is on the horizon.  For most of you, this will be a period of intense research, study and preparation.  Typically, it will feature a significant reliance upon technology.  CSIT is offering a few quick tips to assist you toward a successful Culmination and Finals Weeks. 

NWU-wireless and NWU-wireless24 service interruption

At about 6:10pm today we became aware of a problem with the NWU-wireless and NWU-wireless24 networks which caused a service interruption.  The problem was caused by the failure of our Radius authentication server which controls access to these two secure networks.  The underlying problem with the authentication server was addressed and the server returned to

Self-driving Uber vehicle strikes and kills pedestrian

In what is thought to be the first event of its kind, an Uber self-driving vehicle has struck and killed a pedestrian.

Rest In Peace - Stephen Hawking, age 76

b. January 8, 1942, Oxford, England.

d. March 14, 2018, Cambridge, England.

The universe is now less bright, in every sense of the phrase.

Equifax data breach larger than initially reported

Equifax - the credit monitoring and rating company - revealed today that the data breach which they first made public in September of 2017 was larger than they initially reported. The incremental increase, however, may seem small in comparison to the size of the original breach.

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