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Security Notification: Ransomware Delivered Through Phishing Attacks

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A year ago the Internet saw a rash of malware known as ransomware. This malicious form of cyber attack is known for infecting a computer and encrypting a drive. The victim is then unable to recover their data until paying a ransom to the attacker. Middlebury, like many other institutions was not immune to this form of attack.

A week ago the FBI announced a new variant on a common form of these attacks known as CryptoWall. This form of ransomware is known to have four methods of infecting a computer.

  • Phishing: the attacker may lure a victim into downloading an infected attachment through a phishing campaign and thereby compromising the drive on their system.
  • Phishing: the attacker lures the victim into clicking on a link to a malicious web site where the victim unknowingly downloads the malicious software onto their system and compromises their drive.
  • Infected ad: the attacker posts and infected ad on a website which a user might click thereby causing the download of malicious software.
  • Compromised website: the attacker compromises a website so when a user visits the website they unknowingly download malicious software and compromise their system.

According to the FBI, by far the most common method of attack is phishing, particularly with attachments in the message.

What you can do to protect yourself:

  • Never open attachments or click links in emails that you do not recognize or trust.
  • Know what a phishing attack is and how to spot one. visit http://go.middlebury.edu/phish or http://phishing.org
  • If you think you have fallen for a phish change your password. then call x2200
  • If you believe you system is compromised, unplug it from the power and the network. Shut it down immediately. Do not worry about saving your work. then call x2200.
  • Backup your data routinely. If you save your data to Middfiles or your home directory it will be backed up automatically.
  • Never disable your antivirus software.
  • Send any suspect emails to phishing@middlebury.edu
  • Only download software from known vendor sites.
  • Don’t click on ads in web sites. Visit vendor websites directly.

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Moodle Maintenance on Friday, June 5th

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From Remote-Learner, our Moodle Host:

http://moodle.middlebury.edu has been scheduled for Production Upgrade at 01:00 EDT on 5-JUN-2015.

Your site may be unavailable for up to 120 minutes while this action occurs.

Thank you,
RemoteLearner

Friday Links – May 28, 2015

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An exciting example of where a liberal arts education can take you: the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has a program to enroll liberal arts students who “show promise for developing into compassionate and humanistic physicians” (Mt. Sinai, 2015). In an NPR article, Dr. David Muller, the dean of the school, asserts that “[s]cience is the foundation of an excellent medical education, but a well-rounded humanist is best suited to make the most of that education.” Read the NPR article here
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/27/407967899/a-top-medical-school-revamps-requirements-to-lure-english-majors or jump straight to the program page at Mt. Sinai here https://icahn.mssm.edu/departments-and-institutes/psychiatry/newsletter/humanities-and-medicine-early-assurance-program-at-mount-sinai-accepts-liberal-arts-students-into-medical-school

Einstein’s papers now digitized and online!

You CAN search library databases from off campus!

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You can search library databases from off campus! Just start at the library site: http://go.middlebury.edu/lib.  JSTOR, ebooks, audiobooks, Summon and all of our online journals, magazines and newspapers are there for you…no matter where you are!

When you’re off campus, links that are on library web pages (for example, Research Guides, Summon and the Journals list) will ask you to log in with Midd credentials. It’s as easy as that!

Seniors: Ask a librarian about alumni access to library databases!

Enjoy the summer!

offcampus

Retirement of Bombay Print Server

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Middlebury College is retiring the Bombay print server in July 2015 as it is incompatible with our current 64-bit operating systems. Bombay has been replaced by a new print server named Walnut that has all of the same print queues on it. ITS is reviewing Bombay usage and will be contacting individuals who need to transition to the new print server.

If you’re currently using the Bombay Print Server you must perform the following steps before July 1, 2015 so you do not experience an interruption in printing services:

Steps for Windows 7 computers to move from Bombay to Walnut:

  1. look for printers “on Bombay” print server name listed below queue name. Go to Start>Devices and Printers and look for entries that have “on Bombay” in the name, e.g. “LIB125F on Bombay”
  2. record printer queue names
  3. remove old print queues
  4. add printers from Walnut

Instructions for these steps can be found in our printing documentation: http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Connect_To_Network_Printers_-_Windows

Steps for Macintosh OS X computers to move from Bombay to Walnut:

  1. record printer queue names(the names are posted on the printers)
  2. remove old print queues
  3. add printer from Walnut via Casper’s Self Service(or manually)

Instructions for these steps can be found in our printing documentation: http://mediawiki.middlebury.edu/wiki/LIS/Connect_To_Network_Printers_-_Mac_OS_X

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact the Helpdesk at 802. 443.2200 or via email to helpdesk@middlebury.edu.

New online quarterly library newsletter!

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The Library is pleased to announce the first issue of our new, as-yet-unnamed, newsletter!  Please visit us online here (go/librarynews) and read up on helpful research and technology tips, a feature article on Orion Lewis in Political Science, who’s taught a fascinating hybrid (online/in-person) class with Middlebury and MIIS students, tech tips, and more.

Our plan is to publish this 4 times per year, and we need your help with a name!  If you’d like to vote for a newsletter name, please also visit our Doodle poll!

TRAC Terrorism (Trial ends May 30, 2015)

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A student asked that we trial TRAC Terrorism, so a trial is now under way at both Middlebury College and the Middlebury Institute, ending May 30th.

Created by The Beacham Group, LLC, Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC) is a uniquely comprehensive resource for the study of political violence of all kinds. In cooperation with a team of 2800 experts, TRAC gathers the best information for exploration of this topic by faculty, scholars, students, government and defense professionals, as well as the general public.

Find guidance for how to use the site in this video:

Let us know what you think – email eaccess-admin@middlebury.edu or your liaison.

Is there something you’d like the Middlebury libraries to trial? Let us know at go/requests.