In IT Security, the word threat means anyone or anything that
poses a danger to computing resources, or to computer users, or to their
University policy forbids anyone to
ask you for your password, and forbids you to share your password with
anyone. When an account is detected sending spam, the University does not
attempt any contact via that account, but blocks it immediately, as it is
presumed to be under control of a spammer.
Alert - Beware of Cryptolocker
Cryptolocker is malware that prevents access to data on local and network drives, including USB drives, by means of file-level encryption. Once the Cryptolocker malware has encrypted files, it will claim to decrypt the files upon payment.
The malware is known to be capable of affecting computers that are running Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP.
- Make sure that your antivirus software and definitions are up-to-date.
- DO NOT click links or open attachments within emails unless you know the sender and are expecting an attachment.
- Keep regular backups of your important data.
Any user within the University that feels that they are being affected by the Cryptolocker malware should immediately stop using their machine and contact their local IT Administrator or the Service Desk at email@example.com.
- Phishing: In response to the increase in phishing attacks, USC has
begun to implement several measures intended to reduce the number of
e-mail accounts compromised by phishing. For more information, see the
USC Phishing Response web page.
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