News

May 5, 2016

Multiple Vulnerabilities have been discovered in ImageMagick, an open-source software library for displaying, converting, and editing a wide range of image types. Attackers may be able to execute arbitrary code remotely by exploiting this vulnerability.

April 28, 2016

Information Security and Policy has received confirmed reports of recent attempts to deliver the "Locky" family of Ransomware via malicious email attachments. Campus users are advised to be vigilant as Ransomware like Locky can be extremely destructive. Please review the full security alert for guidance.

March 22, 2016

This is an example of how phishing messages can be made to look like they are from a legitimate business, such as PayPal. However, the poor grammar and other indicators make this an easy phish to spot.

March 14, 2016

A phishing message purporting to be from the International Rescue Committee regarding IT maintenance has been circulating on campus. The message requests that the recipient upgrade their mailbox size by selecting a link that redirects to a malicious website.

March 13, 2016

An email message purporting to be from Apple Support, requesting that the recipient verify their account information, has been seen in several variations on campus.

March 10, 2016

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player that addresses multiple, critical vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to take control of an affected system. Microsoft has released an out-of-band patch for Adobe Flash Player when on all supported editions of Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows 10.

March 4, 2016

This phish is an example of how poorly most culprits have taken steps to disguise the message - it is often the case that phishing messages are originally drafted for another school or school district.

March 2, 2016

The OpenSSL development team published a security advisory regarding high-impact TLS/SSL vulnerabilities, which could allow an attacker to decrypt TLS sessions by using a server supporting legacy ciphers (CVE-2016-0800).

February 22, 2016

A targeted phishing message was received at both Berkeley and UCLA campuses that was purportedly from the UC Office of the President requesting employee's W2 form.
This phish example attempts to trick the recipient into clicking on a link to a malicious website by purporting to be a link to download a Google doc.

February 21, 2016

Another example of a common ploy to trick the recipient into clicking a link to a malicious website by claiming access to ITunes has been disabled.

February 18, 2016

The glibc (since version 2.9) DNS client side resolver is vulnerable to a stack-based buffer overflow when the getaddrinfo() library function is used. Software using this function may be remotely exploited with attacker-controlled domain names, attacker-controlled DNS servers, or through a man-in-the-middle attack.

February 9, 2016

An example of a common phishing ploy - a notice that your email password will expire, with a link to change the password that leads to a malicious website.

February 8, 2016

As the 2015 tax deadline approaches, tax scams are ratcheting up.  The IRS has reported an increase in tax scams, especially by phone.  Some of the most common scams involve con-artists who pretend to be from the IRS and call victims telling them they have to pay right now, or else. 

Don't believe it - the IRS has formal processes in place for people with tax issues, and angry harassing calls like these are not how the IRS does business.  The IRS will NEVER:

February 2, 2016

Another example of a phish that attempts to trick the user to click on a link to a malicious website by claiming their password will expire otherwise. This one purports to come from the IT-Service Help Desk.

January 18, 2016

Campus was the target of a phishing email purporting to be from the U.S. Dept of Labor and asking for users to update their employment records. Beware of emails with the subject line "Record Update".

January 15, 2016

The 2016 tax filing season is upon us, beware of messages requesting personal information to be updated online to make your "refund easier".
Phishing message purporting to be from DHL and requesting package delivery confirmation contains links to malware infected website.

January 6, 2016

Several people on campus fell for this phish, which directed the recipient to a fake CalNet login page where credentials were stolen. Beware of tax related phishing exploits, like this one, during this time of year.

January 2, 2016

This spear phishing attack was targeted to campus academic staff. The recipient was asked to share access to research articles, but the embedded link was routed to a fake CalNet login page.