March 31, 2021, by Cybersecurity Ops
The USNH CISO’s office received an alert from the FBI recommending all university and college communities remain vigilant to guard against phishing attacks that seek to download malicious software designed to encrypt the institution’s data and hold it for ransom. Additional information provided in this alert has been added to our email filtering rules to aid in detecting and containing malicious emails and attachments.
However, no system is full proof. We need your help to in protecting...
August 2, 2019, by UNH Information Security Services
In the wake of the announcements of the Capital One breach and the Equifax Breach Settlement, scams seeking to exploit these events are being reported. UNH community members should be vigilant in any dealings online, via phone call, or through email relating to the Capital One breach and/or making a claim in the Equifax settlement.
Capital One Breach
According to the FTC, the breach impacted 100 million people in the United States. Capital One indicates that most of the stolen information was...
March 27, 2018, by UNH IT Staff
The University of New Hampshire (UNH) hosted this year’s Northeast Cyber Security Competition from March 16-18. Colleges and universities from the Northeast region of the country compete against each other, with the winner going on to the National competition in San Antonio, Texas.
Student teams form fictitious companies, and all receive the same hardware and software resources. Each team receives a composite score based on its ability to successfully defend itself from cyberattacks, keeping...
March 7, 2017, by UNH IT Staff
With the state and federal tax season in full swing, phishing emails claiming to contain tax info or ask you to update your personal information are abundant. UNH IT has received reports of a phishing attempt with the subject line, “Your online W-2 form is now available”, and appears to be from the University System of New Hampshire.
The message attempts to gain access to your UNH credentials by linking to a webpage that asks for your UNH username and password.
If you received this message,...
February 28, 2017, by Martin England
Updated: April 8, 2019
Conference season is ripe. People from all over the university are attending various professional development opportunities across the country and beyond.
If there’s a common sentiment among conference attendees, it’s the fear of dwindling battery life on phones and tablets. At these events, every device is competing for wireless or cellular access at once, which drains batteries quickly. How am I supposed to tweet, email, or use the conference app without my phone? Sure...
February 20, 2017, by UNH IT Staff
Email spoofing is usually fairly obvious, much like a bad disguise.
The University is a frequent target of email address spoofing. The practice is simple: it involves a sender pretending to be someone they are not to mislead the recipient as to the true origin of the message. The end goals are mixed, but methods often involve phishing: tricking the recipient into taking an action such as disclosing personal information or clicking links to sites containing viruses, among others.
October 25, 2016, by UNH IT Staff
As the world becomes more reliant on technology and the internet with each passing day, the risks associated with online activities grow in volume and complexity. Although the losses from cyber threats and attacks are mostly measured in dollars or the theft of an individual’s identity, cybercriminals are also motivated by politics, social causes, and warfare. Most of these attacks are launched by spreading malware (software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems)...
October 10, 2016, by UNH IT Staff
It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In recognition, UNH Information Security Services (ISS) will host speakers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this Thursday, October 13 from 1-3 PM in MUB 334. UNH IT Coffee Talk will supply the coffee, tea, and cider donuts. This event is free and open to the University community. Event registrants will be automatically entered to win a grand prize of a Macbook Air, co-sponsored by UNH ISS and Thales e-Security. The grand prize will be...
October 5, 2016, by UNH IT Staff
On Thursday, October 13, UNH Information Technology will host Agents J.R. Manes and Timothy Russell from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to speak on current malicious trends in cyber security in addition to current US Federal Government initiatives to combat those trends. This session is open to USNH faculty, staff, and students. It will be held in the Memorial Union Building beginning at 1pm.
This event is the last in the series planned by UNH Information Security Services in recognition...
November 24, 2015, by UNH IT Staff
During the month of October, UNH Information Technology and Information Security Services recognized Cyber Security month by hosting information sessions and device clinics. Attendees were entered to win a Macbook Air (sponsored by the security software company, Sophos) and other prizes.
Grand prize winner Eileen Cooley attended the antiterrorism seminar lead by Patrick Woody of the National Counterterrorism Center. Cooley noted she highly enjoyed the session. “I could’ve stayed all afternoon...