OIT addresses most recent phishing scam

first_imgEmail is a useful tool for communication, but as some members of the campus community recently learned, it carries the risk of phishing scams. A sophisticated phishing scam compromised the sensitive information of a number of Notre Dame students, faculty and staff March 7, Jason Williams, an information security professional in the Office of Information Technology (OIT), said. The scam was the latest in a series of phishing incidents this year, all of which were distributed via email, he said. Williams said OIT receives phishing scam emails daily, but most are screened by campus mail servers and never reach their intended targets. However, a few especially sophisticated phishes get through the filters each year, Williams said. “Several times a year, more sophisticated phishing emails get past the email server filters and must be blocked manually,” Williams said.  The March 7 phishing scam eluded detection by appearing to be from the Notre Dame email administrators, Williams said. “The scammer used stolen Notre Dame credentials to send a mass email, which is why it was delivered to campus and not caught by the mail filters,” he said.  Williams said an increasing number of students, faculty and staff have been victims of recent phishing scams due to the scams’ sophistication and effectiveness. “Phishing is a very effective scam,” Williams said. “We’ve seen a rise in the number of incidents because the scam is working. We have seen a significant number of compromised NetIDs in the last twelve months.” Williams said the fraudulent emails are hard to trace because they are often from public IP addresses or addresses from outside the United States.  He said the emails also appear to be legitimate since they are usually branded with Notre Dame logos. The emails direct the recipient to a fake website where they are asked to provide a log-in name and password or other personal information, Williams said.  Williams said there are a few ways to avoid falling victim to phishing scams.  “The easiest way to avoid getting phished or directed to a malicious page is to not click on links in emails. Even if the email appears to be from a legitimate source, it’s best to open a web browser and type in the URL rather than click on the link,” Williams said. “If you do visit a website, confirm that the URL corresponds to the website that you think you are visiting.” Emails from legitimate sources within Notre Dame will never ask for sensitive personal information and any email that asks for such information should send up a red flag, Williams said. “Notre Dame administrators or any other legitimate organization will never ask you for your password or other account information because these organizations already have that information,” Williams said.  Williams said the best policy to avoid compromising personal information is to use caution online. “Any time someone asks for your credentials or personal information, it’s a good time to pause and consider if the request is legitimate,” Williams said. “This rule applies not only to your online interactions but to offline interactions, too. Your personal information is a valuable asset. Treat it as such.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Anna Kendrick on Her Different Into the Woods Cinderella & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Anna Kendrick on Her Different Into the Woods CinderellaAnna Kendrick has been opening up about playing Cinderella in the upcoming Disney adaptation of Into the Woods. “The interesting thing about her is she overthinks things, she’s uncertain—we don’t see that in most versions,” the star told Marie Claire. “In a lot of ways, I think it’s this incredibly brave story. She’s neglected and abused her entire life she finally gets love and it’s not the kind of love she was looking for, and she stands up for herself.” The movie hits theaters at Christmas. Did we mention we’re excited about this?Jonathan Groff’s a TeaseWe have our first look at season two of Looking and it puts the tease into teaser trailer. Starring Jonathan Groff, Russell Tovey, Raul Castillo and more, the show returns to HBO on January 11, 2015. View Comments Star Files Jonathan Groff Douglas Sills & More Set for Mr Magoo’s Christmas CarolDouglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Joshua Henry (Violet), Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Erik Altemus (Pippin) and Tony winner Lillias White (The Life) will join the cast of the previously announced Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. The one-night benefit concert in aid of the Actor’s Fund will take place on December 15 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College.Project Runway Fangirls Over WickedProject Runway will defy gravity on November 13 when the TV show visits Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre. Check out the sneak peek below, even if it’s only for the immortal phrase: “I’m trying not to frickin’ fan girl out right now.” Perfectly understandable, we fangirl over Elphaba and Glinda all the time.last_img read more

Farm Fresh.

first_imgThe market, Farm Fresh Tattnall, is actually a cooperative of 18 roadside markets and pick-your-own farms working together to provide fresh produce and family outings in southeast Georgia.”I don’t know of anyone else doing this in Georgia,” said Reid Torrance, Tattnall County coordinator for the University of Georgia Extension Service. “We think it’s a concept that’s going to be picked up around the state, though. It’s an outlet mall kind of thing.”Co-op Fruits, VegetablesThe 18 co-op members grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, from Vidalia onions, butterbeans, sweet corn and tomatoes to peaches, strawberries, blackberries and watermelons.Torrance worked with the growers, UGA economists and a number of others to form the co-op and begin the group’s joint marketing.”This is a marketing cooperative in which the growers have agreed to pool their resources,” said Kent Wolfe, an extension marketing and finance economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Pooling Resources”They realize that if they pool their resources they’ll have a lot more money to advertise on television and in other ways that aren’t feasible for individual growers,” Wolfe said.The Georgia Department of Agriculture agreed to provide up to $20,000 in matching funds to support the cooperative.”We want it to be a start-up for other areas around the state,” said Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin. “Everybody’s interested in farm-fresh produce. And when you get the farmers into direct-marketing, you can’t get any fresher than that.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Tattnall County government, local legislators and others came up with the required matching funds.Logo, BrochureWith part of the money, the co-op developed a logo and printed a slick brochure to promote the farms and markets. They mailed it to more than 16,000 households in seven counties.”The concept of us farmers getting together is the most unusual thing about this,” said Danny Durrence of D.C. Durrence Farm. “We’re usually trying to beat the other fellow out of a customer. But by pooling our resources, everybody’s going to benefit.”If a customer wants something Durrence doesn’t grow, he points out the closest of the farms that do have it. Torrance says that’s not as unusual as you might think. “There’s been a lot of cooperation among the group before,” he said.Most of the farms have fresh produce ready for their customers. But Durrence was getting calls even before he did.Family Outings”Some were old customers, but many were people who’ve seen the brochure,” he said. “Some people have even come out making a ‘dry run,’ just so they’d know where to come when everything’s ready. Three families came out in a group. They were home-schooling, and it was a day out for the kids, like a field trip.”Part of the appeal of Farm Fresh Tattnall is the trip to the farm. “You’d be surprised how many kids come here who’ve never seen a chicken or a cow or a tomato on the vine,” Durrence said.Torrance says the new co-op is selling the farms’ wonder as much as the fruits and vegetables. “We’re trying to market the country atmosphere and farm experience,” he said.last_img read more

A LESSON IN HOSPITALITY

first_imgMountains outside of San Juan de la Maguana, DRA few weekends ago my husband and I picked up a hitchhiker. He was standing near an Appalachian Trail crossing, walking polls, pack, looking tired. He needed a ride to Roanoke where he believed he could find a motel, dinner and a bus station to get a ticket home to Vermont.He was leaving the trail and needed help getting home.We know of a man who lives in Damascus Virginia who set up a grill and a cooler of beer for thru-hikers this spring. A random party trail side where all were invited to sit, relax and enjoy some of the comforts of a summer evening at home.My husband has long delighted in stories of trail magic. Of hikers being provided for, served and taken care of by strangers. Acts of kindness and hospitality that make the 5-6 month trip possible.I spent the last week in the Dominican Republic, a country not lacking in natural beauty. While the mountains were indeed spectacular, it was the warmth and kindness of the people I will never forget. I do not know of a time or place where I have ever felt such gracious hospitality from strangers.Trail Magic.Hospitality.Doing unto others.The Gospel of Matthew says to love your neighbor as yourself. But who is your neighbor?The Dominicans I met believed I was their neighbor, white skin notwithstanding. The thru-hikers believed the young man trail side with the cooler of snacks was their neighbor, brother perhaps. The elderly woman in front of you at the grocery store is your neighbor. The homeless man who asks for change downtown is your neighbor. The politician who makes you so angry you must turn off the TV is your neighbor. The family member who takes and takes and never gives is your neighbor. The young boy who litters your favorite fishing spot or makes too much noise on his floating island while you try to quietly float the New River is also your neighbor.What if we all lived with these daily goals of service in mind? Could you change your relationships? Your block? Your office? Your town?I think so. I hope so.last_img read more

World Athletics Indoor Championships postponed due to Coronavirus

first_imgRead the story here: https://www.backpacker.com/news-and-events/teen-snowboarders-rescued-in-canada Canadian teens survive a cold night outdoors by burning their homework “We know that China is doing all it can to contain the  new coronavirus and we support them in all their efforts,” World Athletics said in a press release, “but it is necessary to provide our athletes, member federations, and partners with a clear way forward in what is a complex and fast-moving set of circumstances.” The World Athletics Indoor Championships, a biennial indoor track and field competition, which was originally scheduled from March 13-15 in Nanjing, China, has been tentatively rescheduled for March 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.  World Athletics Indoor Championships postponed due to Coronavirus A five-year camera survey of Laos’ Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area turned up no evidence of wild tigers, leading researchers to believe that the cat is now extinct in the country. While the survey found no evidence of tigers, it did find wide-reaching evidence of snares, which are designed to trap and kill animals.  Two teenage snowboarders survived a night in the great outdoors after they failed to return from a day of snowboarding at Whitewater Ski Resort in Nelson, British Columbia. The boys spent a night under the stars with temperatures in the low teens, before they were located and airlifted to safety the next day.center_img “One person can set hundreds or even thousand of snares, which kill indiscriminately and are inhumane for anything that is captured,” Akchousanh Rasphone, lead author of the study, told Scientific America. The last healthy population of Indochinese tiger remains in Thailand, which has about 189 tigers left in the wild.  Wild tigers in Laos believed to be extinct Read the story here: https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a30706482/world-indoor-championships-coronavirus-outbreak/  According to CNN, the boys kept warm by building a shelter and starting a fire with homework they had in their backpack. The heat generated from their burning schoolwork kept the boys warm. Both were reportedly in good health after the incident.  Read the full story: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/tigers-extinct-in-laos/ last_img read more

Panamanian Authorities Seize Over Two Tons of Cocaine in Two Days

first_imgBy Dialogo June 29, 2012 In three operations conducted between June 25 and 26, the Panamanian police seized 2 tons of cocaine, bringing the total amount of drugs seized so far this year to 11 tons, police authorities announced on June 27. The largest seizure took place on the afternoon of June 26, when units of the National Aeronaval Service (Senan) found 1,785 kilos of cocaine hidden in a pit around 5 meters deep in the marshlands of the Garabito River, in the Atlantic province of Bocas del Toro, on the border with Costa Rica. “We have made no arrests in this operation,” Senan director of operations Ramón Nonato López told journalists. That seizure comes in addition to another of 175 kilos that the National Police found on the same day in a vehicle abandoned by criminals on the main road in a sector of Cristóbal, in the Atlantic province of Colón. On June 25, the National Border Service seized another 142 kilos of cocaine on a boat in Jaqué, in the jungle area of Darién, on the border with Colombia. “These drugs hidden in these places and in pits of this kind are headed for North America and Central America,” Security Minister José Raúl Mulino said, highlighting the fact that Panamanian security agencies have seized over 11 tons of drugs so far this year. The authorities assume that these drugs “must belong to various organizations that operate in the Caribbean sector, in the area of Colombia,” according to Senan director Belsio González. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Panama ranks third in the region in drug seizures. With 52 tons seized between 2010 and the beginning of 2011, Panama seized 8 percent of the total amount of drugs seized in the entire Western Hemisphere, just behind Colombia, which seized 211 tons (30 percent of the total), and the United States, with 163 tons (equivalent to 24 percent of the total). According to estimates, 80 percent of the drugs that enter the United States pass through Central America before.last_img read more

4 ways to get yourself fired up about saving money

first_img 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Staying motivated isn’t easy, especially when it comes to financial matters. Between our jobs, families and social obligations, it can be difficult to keep our finances in order. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to help keep yourself motivated and in good financial shape.1. Set Goals for the Long-Term & the Short-TermGoal setting is a huge part of maintaining financial motivation, but a lot of people fall into the trap of only setting lofty, long-term goals. While there is certainly nothing wrong with wanting to retire at 50 or pay off student loan debt in three years, setting a finish line too far into the future could make it harder to stay motivated on a day-to-day basis. Incorporating some short-term goals into your financial planning can help you generate more frequent satisfaction and fuel your long-term aspirations. You can monitor your financial goals (like building good credit) for free on Credit.com. continue reading »last_img read more

CUNA engaged with housing finance, cybersecurity hearings

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With only the Senate in session this week, CUNA is engaged in a number of Congressional hearings this week, including one that will examine the status of the housing finance system. On Thursday, the Senate Banking Committee will conduct a hearing titled “The Status the Housing Finance System after 9 Years of Conservatorship.”The hearing’s sole witness will be Mel Watt, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.CUNA supports housing finance reform proposals to reform the secondary mortgage market that would ensure credit unions have equal access to a well-regulated and well-capitalized secondary market and preserve borrowers’ access to a variety of affordable mortgage products.CUNA will send a letter for the record of the hearing, which will take place Thursday at 10 a.m. (ET).CUNA is also engaged with a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing titled “Cyber Threats Facing America: An Overview of the Cybersecurity Threat Landscape.” continue reading »last_img read more

NCUA Board to decide on TCCUSF merger, NOL increase today

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU staff will be on hand at today’s NCUA Board meeting, during which the board is expected to decide on its proposal to close the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund (TCCUSF) and increase the normal operating level (NOL) of the share insurance fund – which NAFCU opposes.NAFCU has consistently called for a full refund for credit unions for monies they paid for corporate assessments.The NCUA’s current plan would close the TCCUSF, merge the fund’s assets and liabilities into the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) and increase the NCUSIF’s NOL from 1.3 percent to 1.39 percent – the highest level in the fund’s history. continue reading »last_img read more

Use flood gates to control storm water

first_imgWithout any prior drawdown, all of it simply flowed over the Gilboa Dam and surged northward down the Schoharie Valley. The reservoir has a storage capacity of 20 bil-gal, sufficient for controlling the 1996 flood. Its influence on controlling larger floods remains to be studied.In August 2011, the flood input was perhaps 48 bil-gal. Again, the Gilboa Dam was overwhelmed, while the water level in the Schoharie Reservoir rose to a record height, about 1,137 feet above sea level.With the progress of changing climate and the prospect of even larger floods, it seems that flood gates become a necessity for assuring the survival of the Gilboa Dam.Apart from any flood-control advantage, flood gates can nullify the potential overpressure of a super flood by simply allowing excess storm water to pass through the dam without increasing the level of the Schoharie Reservoir.William AlbersGalwayMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI found Richard Moody’s Nov. 6 letter correct with regard to the missed benefit of flood gates in the Gilboa Dam during the January 1996 flood.My evaluation of the same situation also assumed a prior drawdown of 12 billion gallons, roughly the average drawdown Moody suggested.Allowing a steady 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) discharge to exit through flood gates, I found that the remainder of the flood input to the Schoharie Reservoir merely refilled the void left by the drawdown and never topped the dam.I believe that with only a 24 billion-gallon (bil-gal) drawdown from the Schoharie Reservoir, the Schoharie Creek would have remained within its banks. Downstream communities like Middleburgh and the village of Schoharie would have escaped serious flooding. The total flood input to the Schoharie Reservoir in 1996 was 24 bil-gal.last_img read more