Phishing E-mail Simulations Coming Soon for Faculty

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)Phishing attempts – those e-mail messages that try to lure you into revealing personal info like passwords and financial information – seem to get more clever by the day.

Over the past few years, SMU has worked to make people more aware of these phishing attempts by sending simulated phishing emails. Continue reading Phishing E-mail Simulations Coming Soon for Faculty

Adobe Creative Cloud Security Breach Affects 7 Million

Adobe Creative CloudWe’d like to make you aware of a recent report of a security breach that occurred on one of Adobe’s Creative Cloud servers.

Security researchers recently found a publicly available server that was not password protected that contained some customer information. Adobe has responded to this report by securing the server in question and providing more information as to what was exposed. The information revealed was as follows: Continue reading Adobe Creative Cloud Security Breach Affects 7 Million

Popular Linux Utility Security Flaw Found, Patched

Tux, the Linux mascotWe’re about halfway through Security Awareness Month, and we have another security vulnerability to report for Linux users.

The Hacker News recently reported a flaw that was discovered in the “sudo” utility, which is installed on most popular Linux distributions and allows administrators of a computer to run commands as the root user without changing desktop sessions. The flaw in question could allow a hacker to bypass security policies in place on the computer to run commands without proper authorization.

It has also been reported that this vulnerability is really only possible in very specific configurations. However, it is still essential to stay on top of these reports and to install security updates on your computer as soon as possible. This writer has checked two Linux devices – one running Ubuntu and the other running Linux Mint – and a patched version of sudo was already available for installation, so most Debian-based flavors of Linux should now have the update available.

If you are concerned about your Linux PC being affected, simply run your distribution’s default package manager’s update function (here’s info on Ubuntu and Fedora as examples) to see if a patch is ready!

Email Phishing Simulations to Come Back this Fall

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)Phishing attempts – email messages sent by hackers pretending to be your friends, coworkers, or trusted companies – have wreaked havoc across the Internet for years. These messages try to lure you into revealing personal info like passwords and financial information, and their alarmist tone can be deceiving.

Over the past few years, SMU has worked to make people more aware of these phishing attempts by sending simulated phishing emails. For those falling victim to the phishing attempts Continue reading Email Phishing Simulations to Come Back this Fall