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Security Advisories

Look here for the latest info on security threats and updates

This is a collection of all security-related announcements that have been sent to all members of the Loyola University Chicago community. Posted information on this site is also distributed to faculty and staff via the weekly online newsletter -- Inside Loyola Weekly.

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April 11, 2013

Beware of phishing mail messages claiming that you are due a tax refund - The email askes the reciepient to create an e-refund account with the IRS to get it. 
The link goes to an Australian or UK address which gets relayed to a Brazilian server hosting something that looked very official.  It asks for all the necessary info: name, birthdate, SSN, bank account numbers, etc.

The scammers then use the information to access the reciepient's bank account and withdraw money.
June 04, 2012  Microsoft Update and The Nightmare Scenario - About 900 million Windows computers get their updates from Microsoft Update. In addition to the DNS root servers, this update system has always been considered one of the weak points of the net. Antivirus people have nightmares about a variant of malware spoofing the update mechanism and replicating via it.
May 25, 2012  Google notifies users infected with DNSChanger Malware - this notification is to raise awareness of DNSChanger among affected users. Google believes directly messaging affected users on a trusted site and in their preferred language will produce the best possible results. Google expects to notify over 500,000 users within a week
May 23, 2012 Analysis declaring the demise of the Flashback Mac backdoor has been greatly exaggerated, said researchers with a Russia-based antivirus firm, who on late Friday estimated there are 650,000 unique OS X machines currently infected by the malware.
March 15, 2012 Microsoft has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop
Protocol (RDP) that could grant complete control of a machine to an attacker.
February 11 ,2011 Google Chrome Release : Google has released Chrome 9.0.597.95 for all platforms to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition. This update also includes a recently released version of Adobe Flash Player that repairs several vulnerabilities. <>
October 18 ,2010 Real Networks : RealNetworks has issued a Security Update to address multiple vulnerabilities affecting RealPlayer. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code. <>

October 13 ,2010 Oracle Releases Critical Patch : Oracle has released its Critical Patch for October 2010 to address 85 vulnerabilities across multiple products. <>
October 12 ,2010 Microsoft has released updates : Microsoft has released updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, .NET Framework, Server Software, Office, and Internet Explorer . <>
October 6,2010 Adobe Releases security Updates : Adobe has released updates for Adobe Readeand Acrobat for Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX.<>

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