Category Archives: Safe Computing

Decrypt CryptoLocker Ransomware Files for Free!

Victims of the CryptoLocker ransomware are now able to decrypt and recover their files for free. The BBC is reporting the website https://www.decryptcryptolocker.com will provide users the decryption key and recovery program that will decrypt all the files on their computer encrypted with CryptoLocker. The service was developed by the security companies Fox-IT and FireEye […]

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Criminals Steal 1.2 Billion Usernames and Passwords

The New York Times and other media outlets are reporting that a Russian criminal gang has acquired over 1.2 billion unique usernames and passwords. The user credentials were gathered through security holes in over 420,000 websites. The list of websites has not been released but the New York Times has verified it contains a wide […]

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Beware Keyloggers at Hotel Computers

Brian Krebs is reporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning hotels that criminals are installing key loggers on publically available hotel kiosks and business center computers. Keyloggers are either software or USB type sticks that capture every keystroke a user makes on the computer. Criminals install these programs and devices to steal user […]

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Securely Delete Phone Data for Resell

Yesterday a report released by the security company Avast shows that a typical factory reset on your phone does not remove all personal data. Of the 20 secondhand phones purchased for the study the company was able to retrieve more than 40,000 photos, 750 emails and text messages, a loan application, and other personal data. […]

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Changes to NU Wireless Guest Access

Next week, in an ongoing effort to enhance the security of our campus wireless networks, Information Technology Services will be implementing changes to the unsecured wireless network NUwave-guest. On May 21, 2014, ITS will enable registration requirements and a time limit for NUwave-guest access on the Boston campus. All other Northeastern locations will implement these changes at a […]

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New Vulnerability in ALL Versions of Internet Explorer

Overview Microsoft and US-Cert have released an alert about a vulnerability in all versions of Internet Explorer (IE 6 – IE 11) that could allow an attacker to install and run code on a computer. The most likely way a computer would be affected is through a website drive-by-download. A drive-by-download is where a user […]

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What is Heartbleed and how to stay secure? – New Lynda.Com Video

Lynda has released two new videos explaining Heartbleed and how you can protect yourself. The first video, Protecting Yourself from the Heartbleed Bug tells users how they can stay secure and change passwords. View Here: Protecting Yourself from the Heartbleed Bug This second video Heartbleed Tactics for Small IT Shops provides an in depth explanation […]

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Heartbleed Bug – What You Need To Know

As you may be aware from an ITS email and technology news coverage, there has been an extensive security bug found in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library; this news was made public on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The flaw allows private information, which is normally protected by encryption, to be exposed to attackers. This includes […]

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