Monthly Archives: October 2013

Northeastern University Purchasing & Accounting Spear Phishing Email

The Service Desk has received reports of a spear phishing email supposedly sent from the Northeastern Procurement Department. This email did not originate from Northeastern University. It is fraudulent, using real employee information to trick the reader into giving out information for a credit account. If you receive the following email please disregard and delete […]

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What is CryptoLocker Ransomware?

What is CryptoLocker? CryptoLocker is a new form of computer virus called “ransom-ware” that encrypts or “locks” files on a user’s computer and then attempts to extort money from the user in return for “unlocking” access to the users’ files. What does it do? CryptoLocker searches through a computer (and any attached networks or external […]

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Older D-Link Wireless Routers Contain Backdoor

Older D-Link Wireless Routers contain a backdoor that allows anyone to gain administrative access to the router. The danger with this backdoor is that criminals could make changes that would harm the user such as redirect all wireless users to phishing and malware websites. The affected routers include, but not limited to: DIR-100, DI-524, DI-524UP, […]

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Changes to Google and Facebook Privacy Settings

Here are two new social media privacy developments from Google and Facebook. First from Google: starting November 11 Google will start displaying your profile picture and comments publically in advertisements for any product that you comment on or “follow”. Google is primarily an advertising company offering free services, thus this move makes sense from their […]

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Adobe – Major Hack – 3 Million Customer Records

Adobe, the maker of such products as Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver has been hacked and 3 Million customer records have been compromised. These records include customer information, encrypted credit and debit card numbers including expiration date, email, and other data. The software maker is changing passwords on accounts that have been touched by the […]

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