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Dive into the PHISH TANK!

Rules for Phishing Contest: Each weekday (M-F) during the week of October 26th, OIS will post a sample phishing e-mail to Each message will have up to 4 things that identify the message as a phishing attempt. Identify the clues and submit your answers to For each clue correctly identified, 1 point will be […]

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Procurement and Purchasing Fraud and Scams

Northeastern University been made aware that criminals are using Northeastern employee contact information for the purpose of fraud against third party vendors.   The following email addresses have been associated with fraudulent activity and are NOT official Northeastern University email accounts. Any combination of the above The scammer will ask that […]

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Phishing emails from friends at Bouvé.

Students are returning, classes are starting, and phishing emails are swarming.   Over the past several days faculty, staff, and students of Bouvé have received phishing emails appearing to be from students and fellow staff members.  The emails ask the recipient to click on a link sending the user to a website requesting Northeastern credentials or […]

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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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