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Security Advisories

  • US-CERT Current Activity:
    The US-CERT Current Activity web page is a regularly updated summary of the most frequent, high-impact types of security incidents currently being reported to the US-CERT.
    http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/
  • Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3):
    The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is an alliance between the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). IC3’s mission is to address crime committed over the Internet.
    http://www.ic3.gov/media/default.aspx
  • Microsoft Security Bulletins:
    Microsoft security bulletins provide information & news about computer vulnerabilities and security updates to keep your computer protected.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/security/dn481339
  • Apple Security Updates:
    This document outlines security updates for Apple products.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1222
  • Oracle Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin:
    This page lists announcements of security fixes made in Critical Patch Update Advisories and Security Alerts, and it is updated when new Critical Patch Update Advisories and Security Alerts are released.
    http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alerts-086861.html

Protecting Against Phishing

What is Phishing?

Phishing, in a nutshell, is the online version of a con-job. The perpertrators of phishing messages are essentially tech-savvy con-artists. In a phishing scam, these con-artists send out messages and emails that "look" legitimate, hoping to trick the unsuspecting user into giving out their personal information, including usernames and passwords, and allowing the perpertrator to conduct identity theft.

Now that you've filed your taxes... patch your system!

Microsoft has released a security update for recent versions of Windows (7/8/Server 2008/2012) patching a critical vulnerability that could allow an attacker to gain complete control of the system. ISO recommends patching all affected systems immediately (make sure "Security Update for Windows ... (KB3042553)" is included through Windows Update). ASU will be taking additional steps to protect against this vulnerability, but systems should be patched to provide another level of defense.

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Sailing the Seven Seas

Earlier today, you may have received an email from “Regent Seven Seas”. This email contained a zipped file claiming to be an invoice of your booked trip. This invoice, disguised as a PDF file, is a malicious piece of software. If this software is activated, it will install, disabling any protections you may have to combat it, hide itself within your system, and then begin redirecting network traffic/downloading additional malware in the background.

OpenSSL FREAK Vulnerability

A "new" vulnerability is hitting the press that affects systems using OpenSSL (a popular open-source encryption suite, used in many systems, including Apple products and Android devices). The vulnerability allows an attacker to weaken the encryption used, thus making it easier to crack, and allow information to be stolen. OpenSSL announced and released a patch for this vulnerability on January 8th, so systems running OpenSSL directly should be patched immediately. Systems that run other software that includes OpenSSL (i.e.