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New Blackboard Phishing Email

The above phishing email has been reported by several members of the Northeastern community. This email, like many phishing emails, attempts to trick the user into clicking on a link that supposedly points to an official Northeastern website. If you hover your mouse over the link you will notice that the link does not point […]

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Are you a cyber superhero?

Sure, you are secure but how about your friends? You are a security expert. Your passwords are complex, longer 10 characters, and stored in a password manager. You always update your software and Apple operating system when new patches come out. You never leave your laptop or phone alone in the library or classroom. You […]

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Stagefright – Android malware

This past week, the mobile security firm Zimperium discovered a major vulnerability within the Android operating system. This vulnerability, nicknamed Stagefright, has the potential to impact around 950 million Android devices. This exploit is unique in that users do not have to do anything in order for the malicious code to be downloaded to their […]

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Adobe Flash Vulnerabilities

The Hacking Team, a group of digital activists, was hacked earlier this summer. Within the data that was compromised, three Adobe Flash vulnerabilities were discovered; CVE-2015-5123, CVE-2015-5122, CVE-2015-5119. Adobe has patched two of the three vulnerabilities but has yet to release a patch for the third. While Adobe has committed to patching all three vulnerabilities […]

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Tips for Sending Sensitive Information via Email

Thanks to the internet, we are sharing more than ever! Most of the time, we don’t think anything of it. Need to send over those tax documents to your accountant? No problem! Just send them over via e-mail, right? Before you hit send, here are a few tips on how to better secure your information […]

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China is conducting a massive DDoS attack against GitHub

GitHub.com, a popular code repository, hosts two projects that allow users in China to bypass the Great Firewall of China (GFW) to view the New York Times and GreatFire.org. This attack is designed to take down GitHub and the GFW projects using a technique called Man-on-the-Side attack. When a user visits a website that is […]

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Antivirus works – here are the numbers

Here are the malware and virus statistics for the past month: The Northeastern offered Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEM) has blocked or deleted over 20 thousand pieces of malware and Trojan viruses from protected OS X and Windows computers. This includes 80 instances of ransomware, malware that makes a computer unusable until the victim pays a […]

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Phishing Email – Your New Salary As Adjusted

Click image for larger version The Northeastern Community has received a new phishing email with the subject: “Your New Salary As Adjusted.” The email asks the user to click on a link and enter their myNEU credentials. This email is a fake. Do NOT click on the link in the email. Delete from your inbox. […]

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