Computing Services and Instructional Technology

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.

FCC net neutrality policy scheduled to end on April 23, 2018

Absent action from Congress to block the change, the current FCC policy favoring net neutrality will end on April 23 of this year.  Documents were filed fo Federal Register on February 22 whcih would revoke the existing regulations requiring Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to treat all Internet content equally, a policy referred to as net neutrality.

Colleague is available again

Colleague should now be back up and available for use.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Mark

SECURITY ALERT: New phishing scam using DropBox as a lure

CSIT has received reports of a new phishing scam which uses Dropbox as a lure.  Dropbox, of course, is one of several the cloud storage and file sharing solutions.

SECURITY ALERT: Phishing scam spoofs Docusign transmission

Please be aware the CSIT has received a number of reports from faculty and staff of a new phishing scam targeting NWU accounts.  This particular variant has managed to evade the security filters on our Office 365 tenancy, so you may see it in your Inbox.

There is a address for WebAdvisor

WebAdvisor has moved to a new website over the weekend.  The new address to access WebAdvisor is https://webadv.nebrwesleyan.edu/WebAdvisor/WebAdvisor.  If you have this site bookmarked, please update your bookmark to the new website since the old site will eventually stop working.  If you use the link off of CSI

SECURITY ALERT: New widespread phishing scam

As our new semester begins, CSIT is receiving reports of a widespread new phishing scam reaching NWU user Inboxes.  Some details of this particular scam are included below.  Please be alert for this - as well as other - phishing scams as we move through this transitional period.

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.

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