Friday, September 13, 2019
How to Create, Remember, and Secure a Strong PasswordPasswords have become a big part of our lives in the digital age. We use them so often that it is easy to overlook the importance of creating a strong one. Almost every bit of private information about us is stored behind a password. If that password were to fall into the wrong hands, it could jeopardize our personal and financial livelihood. This article will provide helpful tips on how to create and remember a strong password—and more importantly, how to keep it secure.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
How to Handle and Report Information Security ConcernsWe know that students, staff, and faculty care about protecting their computers and mobile devices and take steps to secure them. However, no matter how securely we use technology, cybercriminals are constantly utilizing new attack methods to compromise accounts and steal personally identifiable information. This article will review how users should report security concerns here at Carnegie Mellon.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Using a Virtual Private Network at CMUSurfing the web or making transactions on an unsecured network, such as public Wi-Fi, means you could be exposing your private information. A cybercriminal could eavesdrop on a user’s network activity if not using encrypted communications protocols such as HTTPS. One way to protect online activity is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Email Impersonation Scams on the Rise at CMUEmail is the primary form of communication for students, staff, and faculty here at Carnegie Mellon University. Email provides users a quick and reliable way to effectively communicate with coworkers, friends, and family. Though email communication is essential in a digital world, it can also be dangerous. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of email based communication by creating and delivering impersonation based scams to Carnegie Mellon users.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
How to Spot and Avoid Common ScamsHave you ever gotten an email from someone claiming to be royalty? In their email, they tell you that they will inherit millions of dollars, but need your money and bank details to get access to that inheritance. You know this email isn’t legitimate, so you delete it, yet there are many more scams being perpetrated by criminals that sound more believable and aren’t as easy to spot.
Friday, June 28, 2019
On-Demand Security Awareness Training Available at CMUSecurity awareness has a critical role in minimizing serious cyber threats posed by advances in information technology and innovations by cyber criminals. Proofpoint’s Wombat Security Education platform features 36 interactive training modules in over 35 different languages which focus on the most prevalent issues in cyber security today.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Protect Your Personal DevicesWith an increasing amount of sensitive data being stored on personal devices, the value and mobility of smartphones, tablets, and laptops make them appealing and easy targets. These simple tips will help you be prepared in case your laptop is stolen or your smartphone is misplaced.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Voice Phishing Phone Scams Hit Home and OfficeIn this digital day and age, the average Carnegie Mellon user is likely familiar with the techniques cybercriminals use to get ahold of personal data and money. However, cybercriminals have become smarter and therefore their attacks have become more complex.
Monday, May 06, 2019
World Password Day!Thursday, May 2nd was World Password Day! Password Day falls on the first Thursday in May each year and is intended to raise awareness of password best practices and the need for strong, unique passwords.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Take Control of Your Personal Info to Help Prevent Identity TheftIdentity theft has become a fact of life during the past decade, however there is a lot we can do to protect ourselves from identity theft and to make recovery from cyber incidents quicker and less painful.
Friday, April 19, 2019
Apple Receipt Phishing E-Mail Aims to Steal Your Apple CredentialsA new Apple purchase receipt phishing e-mail attempts to steal Apple credentials by tricking the recipient into thinking they were wrongly charged.
Monday, March 11, 2019
Gift Card Scam Uses Phony Academic and Administrative Leadership EmailsCyber criminals use a variety of attack methods in order to obtain personal or financial information. One of the more sophisticated types of attacks is known as spear phishing. Spear phishing is a targeted attack towards a specific individual, organization, or business.
Monday, February 25, 2019
New CMU Phishing E-Mail is Double TroubleA recent staff-wide phishing e-mail that had been circulating throughout the University contained two different ways malware could infect your system. The author of this phishing e-mail was hoping to lure unsuspecting users to open the PDF attachment or click the link and download the PDF file as both were laced with malware.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Extortion campaign leverages passwords stolen from third-partiesExtortion campaign leverages passwords stolen from third-parties. There is no need to be alarmed.
Friday, June 01, 2018
FBI recommends everyone reboot home routersOn May 25, 2018, the FBI issued a public service announcement recommending that everyone reboot (power cycle) home and office routers to disrupt malware known as as "VPNFilter".
Thursday, March 29, 2018
March 2018 Phishing: Security Alert on You AccountThis past weekend, a targeted phishing e-mail was sent to campus community members. This phish presented a screen that looks like the CMU web login page. If you had entered your credentials, the attackers attempted to log into Workday, but were luckily foiled by Duo, our two-factor authentication.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
University Response to Wi-Fi VulnerabilitiesOver the last week the Internet has been buzzing with reports of newly discovered vulnerabilities in WPA2, a security protocol that protects the confidentiality of Wi-Fi network connections. A bad actor could exploit these vulnerabilities on an unpatched Wi-Fi network or client to read encrypted communication and in some cases, do additional harm such as change the content of communications and spread malware.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Campus Response to Wi-Fi vulnerabilities (aka KRACK)Dear Community Members, Today the Internet is buzzing with reports of newly discovered vulnerabilities in WPA2, a security protocol that protects the confidentiality of Wi-Fi network connections. A bad actor could exploit these vulnerabilities on an unpatched Wi-Fi network or client to read encrypted communication and in some cases, do additional harm such as change the content of communications and spread malware.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Quick survey to help CMU improve two-factor authenticationDear Carnegie Mellon community members, Last semester the university implemented a new Two-Factor Authentication service (2fa). Researchers at CMU’s CyLab would like to take this moment to get your feedback one last time on your thoughts and experiences on this move toward two-factor authentication. We encourage you to participate whether or not you completed the previous surveys.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
New websiteThe ISO site is using the new v5 templates from our content management system.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Campus Response to "WannaCry" Ransomware AttackDear Members of the Carnegie Mellon Community, As you may have learned over the weekend, there is a world-wide ransomware attack known as 'WannaCry' hitting the Internet. More on ransomware below. It has affected hundreds of thousands of computers in over 150 countries but you don't have to be a victim.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Confirming Legitimate Email: “Action Required: Launch of New Security Measure”Dear Members of the Carnegie Mellon Community, Some of you have expressed concern about a suspicious link in a recent campus-wide email sent on 2/15/2017 with the subject "Action Required: Launch of New Security Measure." We want to assure you that this email is legitimate. It is NOT a phishing email.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Our Shared ResponsibilityDear Students, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This year's theme is "Our Shared Responsibility". Nothing could be more true when it comes to cyber security.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Our Shared Responsibility ConferenceOctober is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and this year's theme is "Our Shared Responsibility". ISO is hosting a free mini-conference for faculty, staff and students on October 24, 2016 from 9:00 until 1:30 in Rangos 3. The morning session (9-11:30) is geared towards faculty and staff and begins with an opening by our VP of Operations, Dr Rodney McClendon and continues with emerging cyber threats, business continuity and disaster recovering planning, strengthening authentication, and improving password management with password managers. The afternoon session (12-1:30) is geared towards students and includes discussion on careers in Cyber Security and securing Google Apps for Education.Seating is limited, please register!
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! The Information Security Office has a few things we'd like to share with you, including information on two-factor authentication! Vist us athttp://www.cmu.edu/iso/aware/ncsam/index.html
Monday, October 03, 2016
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)The Information Security Office has sent a massmail to staff, faculty and PhD students related to National Cyber Security Awareness Month and Our Shared Responsibility. Details of this message are found by clicking through to the detailed content.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Stay Alert for Email Scams and RansomwareI am writing to alert you to a number of recent email-based scams and how they have impacted faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon. Earlier this year, I sent an alert about email scams, aka phishing attacks, targeting our community with the goal of collecting login ids and passwords. (See "Campus Scam Alerts" on the ISO's website under News & Alerts.) We are now seeing unauthorized use of login ids and passwords gathered during those or similar phishing attacks to change direct deposit information in Workday. No actual payroll losses have occurred thanks to collaborative response efforts but more than a dozen victims temporarily lost access to their Andrew account while the matter was being resolved. Email scams are also being used to deliver ransomware via malicious attachments or links to malicious websites. Ransomware is a particular type of malware that encrypts all of the files accessible to the infected computer before demanding that a ransom be paid to unlock them. It is one of the fastest growing cyber threats. Without good backup copies of their electronic files, victims of ransomware are stuck paying the ransom or trying to reconstruct their files from other sources.
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Significant: Symantec Products SYM16-008, SYM16-010 and Symantec Endpoint Protection PhaseoutCritical security flaws have been discovered in the core components shared by nearly all of Symantec's enterprise and consumer anti-virus products. These security flaws can be exploited without user interaction when files are automatically scanned (e.g. on email receipt, web visit, file upload, etc...) Though no attacks have been reported, wormable malware exploits are highly likely.Although Symantec has released security updates to fix these vulnerabilities, Computing Services has decided to accelerate our Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) phaseout plans. We will be recommending that users uninstall SEP and replace it with alternate anti-virus software.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Significant: Adobe Flash Player 0-Day Exploits - APSA16-01A critical vulnerability (CVE-2016-1019) exists in Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.168 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Chrome OS. Successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.Adobe is aware of reports that CVE-2016-1019 is being actively exploited on systems running Windows 10 and earlier with Flash Player version 22.214.171.1246 and earlier. Immediately update to the current version of Flash Player. More details are at https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsa16-01.html WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:If your computer is managed by Desktop Support or a departmental computing administrator, please consult them before making any changes. Immediately update to the current version of Flash Player. Visit Adobe's About Flash Player to check that you have the latest version. If the version is not the latest for your browser, visit Adobe's Player Download Center and follow the update instructions. If available, allow Adobe to install updates automatically. Some browsers (Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and IE 10) will automatically update the Flash plugin for you. Repeat these steps for each browser you have installed.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Campus Scam AlertsDear Faculty and Staff, I am writing to alert you to a number of recent -- and, unfortunately, successful -- email phishing scams that have been received by faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon or by other schools. These scams target Workday users, DropBox users, Blackboard users, and research faculty with the goal of capturing login ids and passwords for various purposes. They impersonate our official email addresses and service providers. The email messages and websites they lead to are sophisticated, look legitimate, and require due diligence in detecting and reporting. See additional details for each of these scams below. As April 1 approaches, a day notorious for pranks and scams, please be on increased alert for scams: Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments in unexpected email; Check in with senders to be sure a message is legitimate before taking action; Never send your username and password in response to an email, no matter how urgent sounding; Validate URLs or use known good URLs or bookmarks to navigate to university services; Question unexpected callers before providing requested information. If you receive suspicious emails, phone calls or other forms of contact, please report as soon as possible to email@example.com. The ISO will triage the situation and if necessary block campus access to malicious destinations, notify affected parties, and take other actions to contain harmful effects. The sooner you report, the sooner we can protect. From the entire ISO team, thank you for remaining vigilant, reporting concerns, following procedures, and assisting in our response efforts. We appreciate your partnership in keep CMU's data, systems, and networks secure. Thank you, Mary Ann BlairDirector of Information SecurityCarnegie Mellon University412firstname.lastname@example.org
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Phishing message from Farnam Jahanian via DropboxThursday night starting around 9:45 PM a phishing email attack was sent to CMU email addresses.The phishing message was a fake Dropbox shared document notification pretending to be from "Farnam Jahanian via Dropbox [email@example.com]". This phish asks users to click on a link leading to a fake Dropbox login page and provide their username and password. The fake login page showed logos for Gmail, AOL, Windows Live, Yahoo and "other emails" and prompted with the text "To view the shared document, you are required to Login with your email address below"This is not a legitimate e-mail and it was not an ISO phish training campaign. ISO notified the recipients around 11:35 PM that same evening. To determine what you need to do, please click through to the full story.
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