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‘Tis the Season to be…WARY

The holiday season is upon us, and you are probably shopping the never-ending sales that have been available since Halloween, especially online. More and more holiday money is being spent online, and this presents hackers and cyber-thieves a unique opportunity to rake in the cash – almost $800 million last year, according to the FBI. […]

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Email Etiquette: Lessons from the Sony hack

This past month Sony Entertainment was hit with a massive hack from a group called the “Guardians of Peace” or #GOP. The #GOP recently released the first of a large number of internal documents and emails from Sony employees and executives. Unfortunately for Sony, the leaked emails do not paint a flattering picture. The emails […]

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JPMorgan Chase and 9 Other Financial Institutions Hacked

JPMorgan Chase and nine other yet to be named financial institutions suffered a massive data breach targeting both individuals and businesses.   The attackers were able to steal client names, addresses, email, and phone numbers.  JPMorgan states that no financial and login information was compromised. Clients are advised to watch out for phishing scams within the […]

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NU users upgrade to OS X Mavericks for Free

Apple has not provided the Shellshock patch for versions of OS X older than Lion.  If you have an older version of OS X and would like to upgrade to Mavericks the Service Desk will be able to assist you.   Depending on your current hardware you may be able to upgrade to Mavericks for free.   […]

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Apple Releases Shellshock Patch

Apple has released a patch to fix Shellshock Bash bug vulnerabilities.  Its is strongly recommended Mac users install the update when it becomes available through Software Update. Northeastern managed Macs will be updated automatically with the patch. For additional information: Shellshock Bash bug and the Apple update. Note: This initial patch from Apple only fixes 2 […]

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ALERT: Mac, Linux, And Unix Users Impacted By Security Vulnerability “Shellshock”

For updated Shellshock Information: SecureNU – Shellshock Bash bug Information This week security experts discovered an extensive security flaw in Bash, a component used in Linux and Unix operating systems, including Mac OS X. This vulnerability, nicknamed Shellshock, makes  devices running Bash susceptible to hackers and worms. Several technology manufacturers have already released preliminary patches to help stop […]

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4.5M Mail.ru and 1.2M Yandex Accounts Leaked; But Do Not Worry

On Tuesday an unknown individual posted a file containing 4.5 million Mail.ru and 1.2 million Yandex addresses and passwords to a Russian bulletin board. Both Mail.ru and Yandex deny the passwords came from their systems; it is believed the list has been compiled from hacked websites and phishing emails. Regardless of where passwords came from […]

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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked; But Do Not Worry

On Tuesday an unknown individual posted a file containing 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords to a Russian bulletin board. Google denies the passwords came from their systems; it is believed the list has been compiled from hacked websites and phishing emails. Regardless of where passwords came from Google says that only about 2% of […]

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