Archive for category Advisories

Heartbleed Vulnerability

The following note has been adapted from a Texas Department of Information Resources notice to state agencies:
As you may have heard, there could be a serious weakness in the mechanism that protects your username, passwords, and other confidential information on various Internet sites. This advisory provides IT personnel with steps to ensure agency websites are [...]

“Heartbleed” OpenSSL Vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160)

A serious vulnerability in the OpenSSL library has been discovered. This vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed” (the bug is in the heartbeat extension of the OpenSSL code) makes it possible for a malicious entity to steal information from a server that utilizes the OpenSSL library.
The following OpenSSL branches are vulnerable:

OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f (inclusive)

The following branches [...]

Be aware of the Cryptolocker malware

Please be aware that a potentially new variant of the Cryptolocker ransomware has been identified. “Ransomware” is a new category of malware that can prevent access to a computer, or the data on it, unless the victim pays a ransom to the malware creator. The Cryptolocker malware encrypts files on the victims computer and then [...]

Microsoft Security Advisory

Microsoft has announced security advisory 2934088 for Internet Explorer 9 & 10 -
An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.
You should apply the Fix it solution provided by Microsoft as soon as possible to [...]

Holiday Phishing & Online Cyber Scam Alert

As we approach the holidays, the Information Security Office (ISO) would like to remind the UT Arlington community to be aware of seasonal scams, phishing and malicious software (malware) distribution campaigns.
Every year, cyber criminals take advantage of the uptick in online purchases and electronic seasonal greeting cards to trick victims into believing they’ve received packages [...]