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Microsoft warns of a Windows zero-day security hole that is being actively exploited

September 10th, 2021

In a security advisory, Microsoft has warned that malicious hackers are exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in Windows to launch targeted attacks against organizations. According to Microsoft, attacks exploiting the vulnerability have targeted companies via boobytrapped Microsoft Office documents. In short, a typical timeline of infection might go something like this: One of your users downloads […]


SANS OUCH! – Securely Using the Cloud

August 5th, 2021

Note:  This article from SANS discusses how to securely store data in the cloud.  Please be aware that the ONLY approved storage service for Loyola University Chicago data is Loyola’s OneDrive or SharePoint.   Overview You may have heard of a concept called “the cloud.” This means using a service provider on the internet to […]


Phishing Email 7/29/2021

Phishing Email 7/29/2021

July 29th, 2021

The Latest Phish contains the subject “Send me your available cell number” and is an attempt to get the victim to purchase and send e-gift cards, thinking the requester is legitimate.  Once the criminal get the victim’s cell phone number, they respond with a text message asking them to purchase gift cards.  A redacted image […]


OUCH! Newsletter – Securing Your Mobile Devices

July 12th, 2021

Overview Mobile devices are an amazing and easy way to communicate with friends, shop or bank online, watch movies, play games, and perform a myriad of other activities. Since these devices are such an important part of your life, it is essential to keep you and your devices safe and secure. Securing Your Devices It […]


Phishing Scam – JOB OPENINGS

July 7th, 2021

The latest phishing is one of the more common ones that attempts to get you to email your banking information to the scammer in exchange for a non-existent job.  The way these work is that they “hire” you and ask for your routing and account number so that you can get “paid”.  The scammer then […]


Phishing Email Impersonating Fr. Regan

Phishing Email Impersonating Fr. Regan

June 17th, 2021

Several staff and faculty have received an email that appears to be From Fr. Regan who recently transitioned from Loyola University Chicago to Fordham University.  Although the email appears legitmate, the email address is misspelled. Rather than the correct spelling “Jesuit” it is spelled “jesiut”.  The email appears as below. Although there is no malicious […]


OUCH! Newsletter – Securely Using Mobile Apps

June 10th, 2021

Overview Mobile devices, such as tablets, smartphones, and smartwatches, have become one of the primary technologies we use in both our personal and professional lives. What makes these devices so powerful are the thousands of apps we can choose from. These apps enable us to be more productive, communicate and share with others, train and […]


Spring 2021 Information Security Newsletter

March 29th, 2021

Here is the latest from the University Information Security Office. http://blogs.luc.edu/uiso/files/2021/03/2021-Spring-UISO_Newsletter.pdf  


Phishing Scam – Task Request

January 5th, 2021

The most recent phishing scam comes as an email apparently from the Sr. VP of Finance. The email attempts to trick the user into replying with their mobile phone number. Once provided, he user starts receiving text messages with instructions to purchase gift cards on their personal credit card with the unfounded understanding that they […]


Phishing Email – Loyola University Chicago Job Offer !!!

July 1st, 2020

Here is another in a string of emails that purports to offer a job as a personal assistant.  This is a scam and is designed to get you to provide your banking information so that they can “pay” you  and instead they empty your account, sometimes for thousands of dollars. Good Day,               I […]