Computing Services and Instructional Technology

SECURITY ALERT: Phising scams on the rise

CSIT has noted a significant increase in the number of targeted phishing scams being sent to NWU email addresses.  We are urging all NWU account holders to exercise special caution when handling their incoming email.

SERVICE ALERT: Scheduled maintenance on central systems during the Easter Break

CSIT will be conducting extensive maintenance operations on central systems over the Easter Break.  Maintenance operations are expected to begin late in the evening on Thursday (4/18) and continue through the morning of Tuesday (4/23).  Please be aware that these operations will impact the availability of several CSIT provided services for the duration of the maintenance work.

 

SECURITY ALERT: Email extortion scam arriving in NWU mailboxes.

CSIT has this morning seen indications of a new wavy of email extortion scams targeting accounts within our domain.  While we have seen this particular scam previously and warned the NWU community against it, the indications of a significant number of these message being distributed within our domain warrant a reminder.

SECURITY ALERT: New "secret shppper" email scams reported

CSIT has received reports this morning of a widely distributed email scam.  The scam is similar in many respects to others about which we have previously warned, but because of the number of reports we are repeating our security alert.

SECURITY ALERT: Phishing scam targets PayPal accounts

CSIT has discovered and received confirming reports from numerous faculty, staff and students of a phishing scam which targets PayPal accounts holders.  The message appears to originate from either of two compromised NWU accounts.

SECURITY ALERT: New phishing scam mixing document transmission, account security

CSIT is receiving reports of a new phishing scam which combines elements of two previous scams.  The new phishing scam appears to be widely distributed to NWU mailboxes.

SECURITY ALERT: Widely distributed "secret shopper" scam reported

CSIT has received reports this evening of a widely distributed email scam.  The scam is similar in many respects to others about which we have previously warned, but because of the number of reports we are repeating our security alert.

UPDATED: SECURITY ALERT: Phishing scam pretends to share secure document

UPDATE: In the few moments since sending this alert, we have received additional reports of a second instance of the email phishing scam described below with minor variations.  The variants in the new reports include:

SECURITY ALERT: New rounds of an old email scam

CSIT has received multiple reports this morning regarding a new wave of an email scam.  This particular scam is one which we have seen before, but has been distributed widely enough to warrant a reminder.

NASA declares Mars rover dead

NASA today declared that the Mars rover Opportunity was dead.  The announcement comes after hundreds of attempts to communicate with the rover have failed, included some radio signals sent as recently as last night.  NASA's Opportunity Mission Directorate reported "Opportunity remains silent."