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The Gist of Heartbleed

April 10th, 2014

by Brett Weston

What is going on?! ———————————————————- On April 7, 2014 a simple coding flaw was discovered in OpenSSL. OpenSSL is an encryption library used, predominantly by Linux and Unix-based systems, to secure data as it traverses the Internet (keeps your data from getting in the hands of others). The coding flaw (CVE-2014-0160) was introduced into OpenSSL […]


Missing Malaysian Airliner Scam

April 2nd, 2014

by Marta Kondratowicz

If you receive a email or see a Facebook post that claims to have photos or a video of the missing airliner, do not click it. Malware can be spread through these links and questionnaires that are asking for your personal information are being shared on Facebook. There is not a reputable entity that would […]


World Backup Day

March 31st, 2014

by Marta Kondratowicz

Today is World Backup Day. Take the time to backup your files on a USB stick or on something like Dropbox. Should you ever lose your device, you will still have precious files like family photos in the backup. World Backup Day Page Apple Backup Instructions Windows Backup Instructions


Major Security Flaw in iOS and OS X

February 24th, 2014

by Marta Kondratowicz

Apple has announced that there is a major security flaw in iOS and OS X last Friday, February 21st. The flaw allows emails and communications to be intercepted through means of a Man in the Middle Attack. Apple has released a patch for the current version of iOS for iPhones 4 and later along with […]


Visual Tips On Identifying Phishing Emails

Visual Tips On Identifying Phishing Emails

February 5th, 2014

by Joseph LaMagna-Reiter

Click here for the full size image. The poster above gives a great visual example of specific things to look out for when identifying a possible spam email. “The poster was developed as a community project. We would like to thank the following people for their invaluable expertise and experience in developing this poster. Cheryl […]


February Edition of OUCH!: Protecting Yourself Against Malware

February 5th, 2014

by Joseph LaMagna-Reiter

SANS has released their February edition of OUCH! filled with information about malware and how to protect yourself. “We are excited to announce the February edition of OUCH! This month, led by Guest Editor Lenny Zeltser, we explain what malware is, who is developing it, why and how to protect yourself against it.  In addition, […]


January 22, 2014 Phishing Report

January 22, 2014 Phishing Report

January 22nd, 2014

by Joseph LaMagna-Reiter

(click to enlarge image) The first link in this phishing attempt directs you to third party website where it captures a user’s credit card information and downloads malware in the background.   (click to enlarge image) This second phishing attempt directs you to a web portal which asks for your student account information. The number […]


January 7, 2014 Phishing Report

January 7, 2014 Phishing Report

January 7th, 2014

by Brett Weston

This is the latest phishing email reported to the Information Security Office. Clicking the link directs you to enter your credentials into a form. Don’t forget, Loyola will never send you an email containing a link to provide your username and password. As always, if you receive a suspicious email, forward it to datasecurity@luc.edu.


Target Breached: 40 Million Cards at Risk

Target Breached: 40 Million Cards at Risk

December 19th, 2013

by Brett Weston

Update: Target has set up a hotline for customer who suspect there has been unauthorized activity on their cards: 866-852-8680. Target announced on December 18th that it is investigating a data breach involving, potentially, millions of customer credit and debit cards. Target released a statement December 19th stating that the breach took place between November 27th and […]


December 11, 2013 Phishing Report

December 11, 2013 Phishing Report

December 11th, 2013

by Brett Weston

This is the latest phishing email reported to the Information Security Office. Clicking the link directs you to enter your credentials into a form. Don’t forget, Loyola will never send you an email containing a link to provide your username and password. As always, if you receive a suspicious email, forward it to datasecurity@luc.edu.