Computing Services and Instructional Technology

Uber reveals year old security breach, but it gets worse

Uber has revealed a security breach from a year ago which exposed records of over 57 million drivers and Uber customers.

Android lets Google know where you are ... even when it isn't supposed to do.

Online publication Quartz has apparently discovered that the Android OS is collecting location information and transmitting it to Google, even when location services are turned off on the Android device.

Say goodbye to "Net Neutrality"

The Chair of the Federal Communications Commission - Ajit Pai - has today revealed his plans to eliminate the doctrine of "net neutrality". 

SECURITY ALERT: New Phishing Scam

CSIT has been alerted to several instances of a new phishing scam which targets recipients' Office 365 credentials.  While we do not yet know how wide spread this particular phishing scam is, it is deceptive and sophisticated enough to warrant a special alert to our faculty, staff and students.

Guess who just got a $7M federal contract to protect the IRS against fraud?

If you guessed Equifax - and why would you? - you would have been right.

Massive increases in the number of hacked Yahoo accounts announced

Yahoo has today revealed that the number of accounts hacked in a previously announced security breach is vastly larger than originally reported.  In fact, the security breach which took place in August of 2013 effected every single Yahoo account, as well as Tumblr, Fantasy and Flickr.  The total number of hacked accounts is now being reported at just about 3 billion user accounts.

Apple releases iOS 11.0.1 with fixes for Mail app

Apple Computer has today released an incremental update to their mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads.  iOS 11.0.1 includes fixes and performance improvements for the major iOS update which Apple made available a little over a week ago.  Included among the fixes is a patch for the native iOS Mail app which addresses problems synchronizing with Office 365 and Exchange 2016 accounts disc

Mail app in Apple's iOS 11 update imcompatible with Microsoft Office 365, Outlook.com and Exchange Server 2016.

Apple has released the latest version of their mobile operating system – iOS 11.  Whatever improvements the new mobile OS might include, it is becoming clear that there are some big problems, too.

Equifax announces huge data breach

The credit rating and reporting firm Equifax today reported a huge data breach with potential impacts on almost half the population of the US.  The data breach is easily the largest reported this year and took place between mid-May through July of 2017.

ALERT: Be alert for Hurricane Harvey related scams

 

When disasters such as Hurricane Harvey strike, it is natural to consider what we can do to help and, often, that comes down to contributing something to disaster relief efforts and charities.  Unfortunately, there are people ready to exploit these disasters and our inclinations to help for their own gain and they are adept at using online tools to further their interests.