Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

June 2, 2020

New Strain of Ransomware

Ransomware, a form of malicious software that locks up data, systems, and networks until a sum of money is paid to cyberthieves, is making headlines for various reasons this week. Microsoft issued an advisory warning organizations worldwide to take measures to protect themselves against PonyFinal, a relatively new strain of ransomware leveraged in “human-operated” attacks….

May 19, 2020

CARES Scam Aimed at UW Students

CARES Scam Things To Do Example CARES Scam Various forms of a scam attempting to leverage news about The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is targeting UW students. An example phishing email is below. Check the Phishing Examples page for updated examples, but please note that there will likely be many more…

May 12, 2020

Remediating OpenSSL Vulnerabilities

Summary When an update to OpenSSL is applied, we recommend rebooting your device or computer. This is the best way to ensure that the update has been completely applied. Because you may not always know when OpenSSL is in use, you must ensure that all updates are consistently applied in a timely fashion to all…

April 13, 2020

Emotet Malware online training

Emotet is a type of malicious software, or malware, that is downloaded and executed on Windows and Macintosh operating systems. It is a particular strain of malware that has been continually updated by cyber thieves over the past few years, and those attackers have given it new and powerful capabilities in the form of mass…

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