Alerts

Security Alert
Apr 9, 2014 - 1:23 pm

Be on the lookout for an email  from "Blackboard Articles <articles@www.blackboard.com>", which was reported this weekend (example below). Like similar phishing emails, it attempts to trick you to click on the link (hovering over it displays a very suspicious non-Blackboard URL). Don't fall for it!

If you received this (or other phishing emails), report it as phishing to Google (from within the message, click on the down arrow to the right of the REPLY button and select "Report phishing"). Doing so forwards the message to the GMail Team for analysis and filtering.

More about phishing at www.brown.edu/go/phishing + What to do When You Spot a Phish

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Security Alert
Apr 7, 2014 - 10:37 am

Several reports this morning of a common phishing email, with the subject line "Your Mailbox has exceeded Its storage limit {Required Action}." Do NOT do so. If you haven't already deleted it, mark it as phishing.

Below is an example of this email. Note that like similar ones, the TO field does not contain your name but is directed to "undisclosed-recipients:;" and the message contains multiple grammar errors. Read more about phishing http://www.brown.edu/go/phishing.

Security Alert
Apr 1, 2014 - 11:13 am

There have been multiple sightings of a variation on the "View a Google Doc" phishing email, this one with the subject line "View project document!" Do NOT do so. Instead, if you haven't already deleted it, mark it as phishing.

Below is an example of this email. Note that like similar ones, the TO field is blank. It unfortunately looks like it can be real because it comes from a Brown address, which has probably been compromised. Read more about phishing http://www.brown.edu/go/phishing.

Security Alert
Mar 31, 2014 - 9:15 am

Symantec has reported a "sophisticated scam" targeting Google Docs and Google Drive users. Like similar ones already reported at Brown, the phishing email urges the receiver to click on a link to view an important Google Doc.

What to look out for: The link doesn't go to Google Docs, but redirects you to a log-in screen that doesn't recognize you as a Google user, asking you to login again. If this seems strange, it is and a big clue that this is fake and to go no further.

Google's response when alerted about this: "We've removed the fake pages and our abuse team is working to prevent this kind of spoofing from happening again. If you think you may have accidentally given out your account information, please reset your password."

Related Links
http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/google-docs-users-targeted-sophisticated-phishing-scam
http://gizmodo.com/beware-of-this-dangerously-convincing-google-docs-phish-1546278702/@whitsongordon

Security & Google
Gmail security checklist: https://support.google.com/mail/checklist/2986618?rd=1
Compromised Gmail account: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/50270?hl=en
Using two-factor authentication:  http://www.google.com/landing/2step/

Security Alert
Mar 18, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Be on the lookout for the latest phishing scam, supposedly sent from Blackboard (sender is notify @ blackboard.com) and attempts to get you to click on the link provided.  DO NOT click on it.  Instead, alert Gmail to this phish (use the Report Phishing option) or simply delete it.

Security Alert
Mar 13, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Continued reports of the latest phishing attempt that surfaced last week, asking you to view an attached document. Do NOT do so. Instead, if you haven't already deleted it, mark it as phishing.

Below is an example of this email. Note that like similar ones, the TO field is blank. It unfortnately looks like it can be real because it comes from a Brown address, which has probably been compromised. Read more about phishing at http://www.brown.edu/go/phishing.

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From: XXX@brown.edu>
Date: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 11:29 PM
Subject: New Project Proposal!
To:

Kindly, review the Project proposal document attached using Google drive and get back to me, your urgent attention is needed.

Thank you 

Security Alert
Mar 3, 2014 - 2:44 pm

A phishing email from "IT Service Desk" has been making the rounds today. It asks you to click on a link to "Validate your account." Do NOT do so. Instead, if you haven't already deleted it, mark it as phishing.

Below is an example of this email. Note that like similar ones, the subject is blank, it has grammar errors, and contains the threat that "You will not be able to receive new mails until you Re-Validate your Email Account." Read more about phishing at http://www.brown.edu/go/phishing.

Security Alert
Mar 3, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Patches are now available for the security flaws in iPhone, iPad, AND OSX devices. Last Friday Apple released iOS 7.0.6 to address a security flaw and provided these details on that fix:

iOS 7.0.6 | Data Security | CVE-2014-1266

Available for: iPhone 4 and later, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 and later
Impact: An attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS
Description: Secure Transport failed to validate the authenticity of the connection. This issue was addressed by restoring missing validation steps.

Since this flaw is easily exploitable, ISG recommends that you upgrade to 7.0.6 as soon as you can. It is an unfortunate reminder that Apple products can be vulnerable and its users need to stay current with all security patches.

The same flaw existed in desktop and laptop computers powered by its OS X operating system. The OS X Update 10.9.2 is now available, which includes the security fix.

Related Links:
Apple's Security Update page: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222
About the security content of iOS 7.0.6:  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6147
About the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 and Security Update 2014-001:  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6150
SANS Internet Storm Center: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/IOS+SSL+vulnerability+also+present+in+OS+X/17702
Brian Krebs blog post: http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/02/ios-update-quashes-dangerous-ssl-bug/

Security Alert
Feb 13, 2014 - 4:14 pm

First reported in December, the Googledoc phishing scam persists with a variety of subject lines (IMPORTANT DOCUMENT and ... Sent You a Google Doc are two examples).  Many are from Brown addresses (accounts that have been compromised). Do NOT click on the link. If you have not already deleted it, mark the email as phishing and then delete it.  Below are screenshots of two examples. 

 

Security Alert
Feb 6, 2014 - 3:44 pm

The phishing scam, subject line "INCOMING FAX REPORT" has resurfaced at Brown.  An example follows.  As with similar emails, DO NOT CLICK on the link. If you receive one, either delete it immediately or report it as phishing then delete it.