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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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April 21, 2022

A significant vulnerability has been discovered in Oracle Java SE, Oracle GraalVM Enterprise Edition, and OpenJDK. Due to a flaw in Java’s ECDSA cryptographic library, unauthenticated adversaries can compromise Java deployments over the network using multiple protocols. This is possible because adversaries can forge a wide range of credentials, certificates, signatures, and other authentication messages due to the cryptographic flaw. [1] [2] This vulnerability applies to Java deployments, typically in clients running Java Web Start applications and sandboxed Java applets. The vulnerability can also be exploited using APIs through web services that utilize the vulnerable component. [4]

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.

March 8, 2022

February 15, 2022

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January 19, 2022

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.
Beware of fake Cal Stores on Instagram or other social media platforms.

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.

September 22, 2021

Are you on the lookout for flexible, part-time employment to help cover school expenses? If so, watch out for scams.

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and high unemployment rates, the pressure to find a job may create more pressure for you to find work quickly. UC Berkeley has received numerous reports of employment scams where the sender impersonates Berkeley professors, researchers, and/or university departments. Some scams are easy to spot but how do you know who to trust?

September 14, 2021

Apple released a security update for macOS, watchOS, iOS, iPadOS, and Safari. Apple is aware of a report of potential exploits in the wild.

September 10, 2021

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