Category Archives: Safe Computing

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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Get Anti-Virus Software FREE!

Welcome Students! The new school year brings new virus and malware threats to your Mac and Windows computers. The ResNet Resource Center has a stack of Apples and PCs that are infected with viruses. Long gone are the days when Apple users are immune from viruses and malware. The viruses today attack both Macs and […]

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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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