Monthly Archives: October 2012

Hurricane Sandy – A lesson in disaster recovery

Barrels of diesel fuel to be carried up 17 stories for data center generator. (Fog Creek) Hurricane Sandy was much larger and more destructive than anyone could have predicted. Besides the tragic loss of life and families displaced, much of lower Manhattan and large parts of the surrounding areas on Long Island and New Jersey […]

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Barnes & Noble reports Credit and Debit Card Breach – List of Stores

Barnes and Noble reports that 63 of its stores were hacked and credit card and bank card pin numbers were stolen. Online purchases and campus stores are not affected. Three stores in MA are on the list: Chestnut Hill, Hingham, and East Walpole. Barnes and Noble advises customers of the hacked stores to change their […]

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iPhone theft on the rise

Two reports detail unfortunately what many already know, iPhones are magnets for crime. In New York City 40 percent of robberies, and almost half of all robberies in San Francisco involve the iPhone. From one police report: the suspects demanded the victims hand over their iPhones, police said. The first victim complied, but the second […]

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Flaw in pacemaker could allow mass murder

This week the medical device industry received more disturbing news about the state of their technology. We tweeted that medical devices such as imaging and neonatal monitors in hospitals are infected on a large scale with computer viruses and malware. Now, a researcher has demonstrated vulnerabilities in pacemakers that allow for wireless remote attacks that […]

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Election Alert Email Lead to Malware

Researchers at SophosLabs spotted the first malware email that references the 2012 presidential election. The email with the subject “Mitt Romney almost president” displays a fake CNN news alert email contains links that point to CNN but really go to a website that tries to install malware. If the malware is not able to install […]

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New Microsoft and Adobe Flash Security Updates Available

Microsoft Updates Yesterday Microsoft released critical Microsoft Word and Windows updates. These updates patch security holes in Word and other Windows components. You should download and install these patches now. Turn on automatic Windows updating: Windows Updates More information on the Windows updates from ThreatPost: Microsoft Patches Critical Word Flaw; Certificate Key Length Changes are […]

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New Malware Email: “Your payroll is ready”

Be on the lookout for a new Malware email with a variant of the subject “Your payroll is ready” If you receive this email please delete immediately. DO NOT CLICK on the link. If you have clicked on the link please contact the Service Desk (617-373-4357). Your Biweekly payroll for check date October 09, 2012 […]

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Verizon Wireless Phishing / Malware Email

A new series of phishing / malware emails have been sent to Northeastern addresses. These emails vary but all seem to contain fake account information or update message. If you receive this email, DO NOT click on any of the links and delete it from your inbox immediately. Contact the Service Desk at 617-373-4357 for […]

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