IT Security Alerts and Advisories 

Phishing for Passwords

There have been a number of recent email-based "phishing" attempts in which recipients are requested to provide their login credentials.  While many of these campaigns look obviously suspicious, some have been very carefully crafted so as to appear to be genuine.

Please be advised that IT Services will never request users to divulge their login information via email.  If you are the recipient of such an email request, please ignore it and delete it. 

If you suspect that you may have been a victim of such a phishing attempt, you should change your password immediately.

 For more information on phishing, see the following article entitled Anatomy of a Phishing Attempt.


Malware on the Rise

Are you hoping malware is going away?  Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, the volume of malware is increasing at an alarming rate.

SC Magazine writer Ashley Carmen cites the recent Check Point “2015 Security Report,” which shows that malware strains increased 71% in 2014 over the previous year.

In 2013, 83 million malware strains were detected, but that number grew to 142 million in 2014.

The 2016 Check Point report states that in 2015, malware downloads increased over 900%.

Malware authors are continually discovering new ways to circumvent anti-malware systems, including adding a few lines of code to existing malware in an effort to sidestep current signatures.

Malware is definitely not going away.  The best thing to do is to ensure that your computer has proper anti-malware protection and that it is up to date.






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