Protected Information Training: Information Services provides security training for departments on campus that deal with Protected Information (PI) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII). To learn more about this training, please contact Dave Nevin, Chief Information Security Officer.
Be Aware: IS also developed Be Aware, a student-focused site which discusses security awareness and the effective ways to respond to security threats.
Helpdocs - Protect Your Computer: General information on protecting your computer from malware and malicious actors can be found on OSU's Helpdocs website.
High Risk Malware Warning
CryptoLocker is malicious software that encrypts files on your computer, on an attached USB drive, or on a network share, then displays a screen that demands that you pay a $100-300 ransom within 96 hours to get them back. There is no guaranteed way to recover the files if you do not pay the ransom. DO NOT PAY THE RANSOM.
For additional information about CryptoLocker, including a tool to help prevent this infection on your personally owned computers, please read this document on the OSU Helpdocs website:
Data Loss Alert: South Carolina Department of Revenue
The South Carolina Department of Revenue recently reported that 3.2 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers were lost in a cyber attack. If you filed a tax return in South Carolina since 1998, please visit sctax.org to take actionable steps »
Web Browsers Vulnerable to Java Security Flaw
The new version of Java, version 1.7, is vulnerable to a security flaw that allows hackers to break into a person's computer to install malicious software. This vulnerability exists in both Windows and Apple (Mac) computers. Read more »
How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking
Mat Honan of Wired describes how, "In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted... And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook... Had I used two-factor authentication for my Google account, it's possible that none of this would have happened." Take Mat's advice and take the steps to protect your accounts and, ultimately, your digital life. Read more at wired.com »
New Android Malware is Disguised as a Security App
Malicious actors seek to exploit security holes in mobile devices. Recently, PC World reported on one such threat, a new variant of the Zeus malware for Android devices that is disguised as a security app. Read more about this alert »
Malicious Actors Exploiting Hotel Internet Connections to Install Malware
According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, malicious actors are targeting travelers abroad through pop-up windows when travelers establish an Internet connection in their hotel rooms. These pop-ups advised the computer user to install a software update. If the user clicked to accept and install the update, malicious software was installed on the traveler's computer. Read more about this alert »
To protect yourself, Information Services recommends that you install any updates to your computer before you travel. When traveling, make sure you can connect to a secure (WPA2) wireless network. Read more »