Computing Services and Instructional Technology

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."

Scheduled maintenance for Colleague: Saturday, 2/16

We have scheduled an extended maintenance process for Colleague, the NWU administrative services system.  The maintenance window will begin at about 9:00am on Saturday, 2/16, and is expected to continue through about 12:00pm the same day.  During this maintenance operation, Colleague, WebAdvisor and Self-Service will be inaccessible.

Please plan accordingly.  Thank you.


EMAIL SCAM ALERT: "Secret shopper" style scam (UPDATED)

CSIT has this morning received reports that a slight variant of this "secret shopper" scam is being received in some NWU Inboxes.  Once again, the scam appears to originate from a compromised NWU account (which has now been blocked).

EMAIL SCAM ALERT: "Secret shopper" style scam

Please be aware that CSIT has received several reports of a new email scam being distributed to NWU mailboxes.  The scam appears to originate from a compromised NWU account which has already been blocked, but you may still find the message in your mailbox.

ALERT: Scheduled maintenance by Network Nebraska

We have been advised by the Network Operations Center (NOC) at Network Nebraska of a schedule maintenance window which will briefly interrupt Internet services for NWU.