Many recent cyberattacks have targeted colleges. Among them:
- The recent hacking of the Democratic National Committee before the election was facilitated by stolen email accounts from a prestigious university.
- At Michigan State University, unknown attackers gained access to a database with records on 400,000 current and former students and stole social security numbers, student ID numbers, and dates of birth.
- Rutgers University was hit with a number of “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attacks that interrupted some of its systems; the longest lasted five full days. Rutgers had invested $3 million in cybersecurity—but that didn’t prevent the attacks.
- Two University of Southern California hospitals were hit by a ransomware attack that made hospital data inaccessible to employees. Healthcare and financial services companies and even police departments have been forced to pay ransoms to restore data.
Below is a collection of all they Cybersecurity threats that have impacted or targeted members of the FIT community since the Cybersafe campaign began in 2016.
Cybercriminals have historically used high-profile events, such as the Olympic Games, to disseminate malware and conduct scams, fraud, and cyber-espionage. It is highly likely that cybercriminals will recycle old tactics such as Olympic-themed phishing emails, malvertising, and malicious mobile apps, as well as develop new methods to compromise target devices and accounts. Similar campaign tactics […]
What happened? Multiple cybersecurity flaws have been discovered recently that leave nearly every computer and phone vulnerable, allowing cybercriminals the ability to access your private data: passwords, credit card details, photos, etc. Meltdown affects laptops, desktop computers and internet servers with Intel chips. Spectre affects some chips in smartphones, tablets, and computers powered by Intel, […]
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What happened? A security flaw in the macOS High Sierra allowing attackers to bypass administrator authentication without supplying a password was discovered Tuesday, November 28 and a patch released by Apple on November 29. How does it impact the FIT community? Campus computers, including office, classroom and lab computers are not impacted by this threat […]
You may have seen media coverage this morning about another widespread ransomware attack, called “Bad Rabbit,” that has impacted thousands of computers in Europe. Ransomware is software that encrypts your files and then demands payment to the attacker for the decryption key. While there have been few reports of attacks in the United States so […]
What happened? Equifax, one of the three nationwide credit-reporting bureaus, announced Thursday that they were the victims of a data breach in which cybercriminals stole the information of nearly 143 million people. The data exposed includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and ID numbers of some driver’s licenses. The credit card numbers of […]
Cybercriminals often try to capitalize on the outpouring of support for those impacted by natural disasters to trick those seeking to help to reveal private information or downloading malicious software. Numerous scams are circulating via email and social media from cyberattackers hoping to take advantage of people looking to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. […]
What happened? The latest patch for Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 fixes a vulnerability being called “Broadpwn.” An attacker in proximity to unpatched devices can potentially take control of the device without the victim’s knowledge. This could include turning on the microphone or camera, or accessing data or photos on the phone. The patched vulnerability arises from […]
Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting you through your smartphone. Attackers send texts that trick you into doing something against your own best interest. This type of security attack is called SMiShing, short for “SMS phishing” trick the target into downloading a Trojan horse, virus or other malware onto their cellular phone or other mobile devices or trick the target into revealing […]
What happened? A new security threat allows malicious software to be installed on computers running Microsoft Office. The target users receive an email with a Powerpoint attachment. If they click to open the attachment the link “Loading…Please wait” appears. When they hover over the link the malware installs automatically if they are using Microsoft Office […]