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 2017 Alerts:

Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome

Mozilla Releases Security Update

TA18-004A : Meltdown and Spectre Side-Channel Vulnerability Guidance

TA17-318B : HIDDEN COBRA – North Korean Trojan: Volgmer

TA17-318A : HIDDEN COBRA – North Korean Remote Administration Tool: FALLCHILL

TA17-293A : Advanced Persistent Threat Activity Targeting Energy and Other Critical Infrastructure Sectors

TA17-181A : Petya Ransomware

TA17-164A : HIDDEN COBRA – North Korea's DDoS Botnet Infrastructure

TA17-163A : CrashOverride Malware

TA17-156A : Reducing the Risk of SNMP Abuse

TA17-132A : Indicators Associated With WannaCry Ransomware

TA17-117A : Intrusions Affecting Multiple Victims Across Multiple Sectors

TA17-075A : HTTPS Interception Weakens TLS Security




2017 Newsletters:

December:   Lock Down Your Login

November:   Shopping Online Securely

October:      Helping Others Secure Themselves

September:  Password Managers

August:        Backup & Recovery

July:            Gaming Online Safely & Securely

June:           Lessons From WannaCry

May:            Securing Today's Online Kids

April:           Passphrases

March:         Securely Using Mobile Apps

February:     Staying Secure on the Road

January:      Social Engineering



2017 Newsletters:

December:    Avoiding Holiday Scams

November:    Shopping Safely Online

October:       National Cyber Security Awareness Month

September:   Staying secure on Social Media

August:        Connected Home Devices: The Internet of Things

July:           Identifying and Reporting Common Scams

June:          Sun, Sand, and Cybersecurity

May:           Are You Really Being Secure Online?

April:           Digital Spring Cleaning

March:       Common IT Wisdom That Keeps You Secure

February:   Staying Safe From Tax Season Scams

January:      Looking Forward: 2017's Top Threat Prediction



Security tips of the week

Safety tips for Mobile Devices
Your mobile devices – including smartphones, laptops and tablets – are always within reach everywhere you go,
whether for work, travel or entertainment. These devices make it easy to connect to the world around you, but
they can also pack a lot of info about you and your friends and family, like your contacts, photos, videos,
location and health and financial data. It's important to use your mobile device safely.

So check out Stop | Think | Connect's Tips on how to keep your device safe this summer!

Change your Twitter password. Now.
You may have heard the recent news that Twitter discovered a bug that stored passwords "unmasked" in an internal log.
What does this mean? If you are a Twitter user, your password could be exposed. Twitter says that there are no signs of a breach or misuse by anyone currently, but it's still a good idea to change your password. Did you use the same password for other accounts? Change those, to

For more information checkout the FTC's blog post!


Cyberbullying needs to stop

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Education released the first federal uniform definition of bullying for research and surveillance. The core elements of the definition include: unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or perceived power imbalance; and repetition of behaviors or high likelihood of repetition.

Statistics from this study show 28% of kids 6-12th grade have been bullied, 30% admit to bullying others 70% say they witness bullying in their schools.

For more information and statistics about bullying check out's sheet showing what you can do as both a student and educator to help stop/prevent bullying.

Phony Job Scams Targets College Students

Scammers are targeting college students with fake jobs. They blast solicitations to college email accounts promising positions with flexible hours and good pay. If you are in college or know a student, be sure to watch out for these phony job offers.

Check out the Better Business Bureau (BBB)'s Tips on how to protect yourself and your resume.

Facebook Privacy & Security Guide

Everyone is talking about it and everyone should take a few moments of reflection about the privacy of our data on the Internet. Users even started deleting their Facebook accounts (probably) inspired by the big movement #DeleteFacebook (urging people to leave the social network), while others may be really concerned about the exploitation of personal data.

Hemdal Security has created an in-depth guide to help you secure your profiles information.

And in case you missed or want to know if Cambridge Analitica got your information here
is a link to the Facebook support page that tells you.

Digital Spring Cleaning

With spring in full swing, there is a good chance that your weekend plans may include scrubbing, sweeping and sprucing up your home for the season. While clearing clutter is an annual ritual for many households, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) have teamed up to remind all consumers not to be digital hoarders and to freshen up their online lives.

Check out the Tip Sheet  and the Checklist. Have a good Spring Cleaning!

Bitcoin + Online Chain Referral = Illegal Scheme

Ever get a chain letter in the mail or online? If the letters keep going, you're supposed to make money as your name moves up the list. In fact, most people are guaranteed to lose money.

Chain letters have been around for decades. Today's twist: online chain referral schemes involving cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Litecoin. Today the FTC announced a complaint against four people — Thomas Dluca, Louis Gatto, Eric Pinkston, and Scott Chandler — for promoting deceptive cryptocurrency schemes online.

For more information check out The FTC's Blog.

Stopping Unwanted Calls

Why are you getting so many calls? Odds are, many of the calls you're getting are from scammers. The FTC has a few tips on how to stop unwanted calls.

Downloading a Call blocking app on your mobile device and adding the callers number to a block list on your phone are just a few of your options to help stop annoying Robo-callers from interrupting your day trying to scam you.

For more information check out the FTC's Infographic here!

FTC Cracks down on student loan scams

A lot of us have student loans – and some of us have trouble paying them every month. Some companies claim to resolve that issue by saying they can help you pay them down quicker, cheaper or get them forgiven altogether. Be cautious – some of these companies are running scams. Check out The FTC's Tips to avoid student loan repayment scams so you don't fall victim!

Spring Break Vacation Tips

Cyber Security should not be limited to the home, office, or classroom. It is important to practice safe online behavior whenever we travel, as well.

This Spring Break CSU and the Department of Homeland Security have a few tips to help keep your information yours!

Check out The Department of Homeland Security's Tips Sheet

Peer-To-Peer Tips

Online peer-to-peer, or P2P, payment systems let you send money to people quickly. The use of these
services is a growing trend, with estimates predicting peer-to-peer transactions reaching over $700 billion in 2018.

With all this convenience, users can be easily taken advantage of if they aren't careful.

For more information, check out the FTC's Article

Online Dating Scams

Looking to start a new relationship? For some, that may mean meeting a new love interest online. Word to the wise: sometimes it's best to lead with your head and not your heart.

The Federal Trade Commission receives thousands of reports each year about romance scammers who create fake online relationships only to steal their victims' money.

For more information check out the FTC's InfoGraphic