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January 30, 2024

What makes this a phishing message?

This targeted phishing scam impersonates the UC Berkeley faculty member or campus lab manager.

This email is sent to the parents of a student working in a campus lab. It invents a phony 'accident' that damaged an expensive piece of lab equipment and asks the parents of the lab member to reimburse the lab for part of the cost of replacement.

This targeted phishing scam uses urgency and fear to cause the recipients to act, extorting money from a phony accident.

December 7, 2023

Every year, students at UC Berkeley are scammed out of thousands of dollars via fake employment offers. Beware of unsolicited emails, phone calls, texts or even facebook messages offering internship or employment opportunities.

October 9, 2023

What makes this a phishing message?

This targeted phishing scam impersonates the UC Berkeley Duo Admin to create fear to cause the recipients to act, scanning the QR code which leads to a malicious link.

This targeted phishing scam uses urgency and fear to cause the recipients to act, exposing their personal information.

February 8, 2023

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January 9, 2023

LastPass has updated the information on the Security Incident they disclosed in August. They have discovered that the attackers were able to leverage the information they got in August to gain access to some customer data including some encrypted vault backups. ISO has provided guidance to campus users of LastPass. Click for further details.

January 1, 2023

June 22, 2022

Cybersecurity is a key issue for us in our private lives — think identity theft — and on the national scale — such as in federal elections. For scientists in academic and commercial labs, threats include Intellectual Property (IP) theft, ransomware, and hacktivism.

Where are we most vulnerable to those who want to disrupt or steal from us?

How can we do the best possible job of protecting ourselves and the organizations we serve?

June 15, 2022

June is Internet Safety Month and now’s the right time to consider how you are securing your family’s safety online. We often think of safety in terms of physical and emotional safety but in the digital age, we also need to focus on what keeps our families – namely our children – safe at any age. The following helpful strategies are some of the ways you can ensure life online allows them to take full advantage of the internet, while minimizing the risk and impact on their growth.

May 6, 2022

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March 31, 2022

A critical vulnerability has been found in the widely used Java framework Spring Core. While Remote Code Execution (RCE) is possible and a Proof-of-Concept has already been released, how to exploit the vulnerability can vary based on system configuration and research on it is still evolving.

March 30, 2022

April 12th is Identity Management Day, a day focused on learning about the impacts of casually, or improperly, managing and securing your digital identity. At Berkeley we manage our identity through our CalNet IDs, Student IDs, UCPath IDs, etc., so making sure your information is correct is super important.

February 15, 2022

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January 19, 2022

Beware of fake Cal Stores on Instagram or other social media platforms.
Using several different emails to send from and various subject lines, this attacker used the name of an actual Berkeley professor to send out a call for remote assistant work.

December 14, 2021

The UC Berkeley Information Security Office is responding to a newly revealed severe software vulnerability in Apache's Java Logging library, Log4J.

December 10, 2021

A critical vulnerability has been found in the widely used Java logging library log4j. This vulnerability can allow remote code execution by an unauthenticated attacker, is easy to exploit, and proof of concept code is publicly available.

October 11, 2021

Watch out for financial "spear phishing" emails.

These may look like they come from a supervisor or manager and request that you send funds, transfer money, provide banking information, buy gift cards, or provide something of value to the sender. 

October 8, 2021

Why Claim Your Subnets?

Because then you will get those fun and cheerful security notices! Yay!

Seriously, ISO monitors all campus IP address space.  When we find a problem we notify the Security Contact that claims the subnet so they can fix the problem.  If we cannot contact anyone, and the problem is serious, we will block the IP Address.  Now you have to troubleshoot a connectivity issue without knowing the underlying reason and you still have a serious security issue.  

October 4, 2021

UC has learned that names, Social Security numbers, and other personal information of some members of the UC community may have been used in attempts to open unauthorized bank accounts at financial institutions such as Chime and Go2Bank. Some of these UC community members are receiving emails from these institutions asking them to confirm a new account by clicking on a link in the email. It is unclear how personal information was obtained to open unauthorized accounts.