Phishing scams target students

first_imgA Phishing scam infiltrated Notre Dame G-mail accounts and sent massive amounts of spam from nd.edu addresses, the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) reported Tuesday in an e-mail to the student body. The scam blocked nd.edu users from e-mailing hotmail.com users. OIT administrators are communicating with hotmail to lift the blocks, and OIT recommended using alternate communication with hotmail users, the e-mail said. The e-mail warned that other e-mail services may be blocking ND e-mails for the same reason. “Over the weekend, spammers compromised several [Notre Dame] NetIDs and used those accounts to send thousands of spam e-mail messages,” the e-mail said. “Spammers most likely gained control over these accounts when the account owners responded to a phishing scam by providing their NetID and password.” The OIT Helpdesk helped students who were hacked by the phishing scam, David Seidl, manager of information security for OIT, said. When OIT discovered the scam, Seidl said the office responded to protect the Notre Dame network and e-mail accounts. “We blocked access to the site from campus, preventing people who clicked the link from accessing the site,” he said. “We sent messages specifically reminding campus users about the phishing attacks and what not to do.” The OIT staff also checked for systems that contacted the phishing site so they could notify system administrators whose users had visited it. “When we discover a compromised account being exploited, our first step is to have the Helpdesk change the password and lock the account so the spammer can no longer use it,” he said. “They then try to contact the account owner to let them know, but often do not have a telephone number to do so, and obviously they no longer can access their e-mail.” Without a phone number, Seidl said OIT must wait for the nd.edu user to discover the problem and contact his or her administrator. Seidl said Notre Dame students, faculty and staff can prevent phishing by taking a few preventative steps. “First, remember that the OIT, Notre Dame or any other legitimate organization will never request your password or account information by e-mail,” he said. “Second, be cautious of any URL that asks for your Net ID and password does not end with nd.edu. Third, type URLs manually rather than clicking on them. “You can also usually see the URL that link is hiding by hovering your mouse over it to see what the link actually is.” Phishing sites pose as secure websites and request personal information from visitors, including usernames, passwords, bank account numbers and credit card numbers. Phishers then use that username and password to log into the campus e-mail system to send span e-mail, Seidl said. The scammers used the Notre Dame Outlook Web Access (OWA) to send the spam e-mails. “The high volume of mail sent by spammers in this type of event can result in our campus e-mail servers being blacklisted, blocked, by major email providers like Hotmail and Yahoo,” he said. “Our system administrators are typically able to remedy this quickly, and our campus e-mail servers are configured to prevent this from being a significant issue in most cases.” More information about phishing scams can be found at http://oit.nd.edu/email/phishingfaq.shtmllast_img read more

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‘It’s changed my home’ – US anti-cannabis lobbyist’s warning to NZ

first_imgNewsHub 11 March 2019Family First Comment: Ben Cort – “People don’t understand that we’re not talking about a joint. People are smoking vapourisers that come in the form of functional pens that you can write and then hit… it’s not weed, it’s a concentrate. An 80 percent THC concentrate.”www.SayNopeToDope.org.nzA US anti-cannabis campaigner has warned New Zealand against legalising recreational cannabis after seeing the effects of the drug in his home state of Colorado.Marijuana was legalised for recreational use in Colorado in 2012, meaning anyone 21 years or older can use, carry and grow the drug there.Ben Cort joined The AM Show today to tell his story of addiction to marijuana and how legalisation in some US states has led to increases in addiction and mental health issues.“I spent five years at the University of Colorado hospital when we legalised and we went from seeing paranoia associated with it every now and again to multiple times in a day.”He said legalisation brings with it forms of the drug that have much higher THC levels.“People don’t understand that we’re not talking about a joint.“People are smoking vapourisers that come in the form of functional pens that you can write and then hit… it’s not weed, it’s a concentrate. An 80 percent THC concentrate.”WATCH & READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/03/it-s-changed-my-home-us-anti-cannabis-lobbyist-s-warning-to-nz.htmlLeighton Smith PodcastThis week Leighton speaks to Addiction Treatment Specialist Ben Cort. Leighton learns much more of Ben’s past and his concerns re legalising marijuana. It is really quite chilling. Don’t miss it.https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/podcasts/the-leighton-smith-podcast/leighton-smith-podcast-episode-7-13-march-2019/Ben Cort warns against legal cannabis in New ZealandRadio NZ News 11 March 2019A man who helped lead an unsuccessful campaign to stop a commercial cannabis industry being set up in Colorado is visiting the country to warn New Zealanders not to repeat what he calls a big mistake. A referendum on whether to change the law to allow personal use of cannabis will be held during the general elections next year. Ben Cort has been brought to New Zealand by the Family First organisation, is in our Auckland studio.https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018685971/ben-cort-warns-against-legal-cannabis-in-new-zealandBen Court on Magic TalkMagic Talk 11 March 2019Ben Court, author of Weed, Inc.: The Truth About the Pot Lobby, THC, and the Commercial Marijuana Industry with Sean Plunket on Magic Talk.https://omny.fm/shows/magic/ben-court-on-magic-talkMarijuana debateRhema 11 March 2019Ben Cort is an expert in marijuana with a passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction that comes from his own struggle with substance abuse.  With the debate around the legalisation of marijuana happening in New Zealand Ben joined Andrew in studio to talk about his own journey and the impacts of the commercialisation of the drug. Andrew kicked off the interview with asking Ben about his own struggles wih drug addiction.https://www.rhema.co.nz/shows-djs/days/item/10959-marijuana-debateLarry Williams Newstalk ZB interviews Ben CortStarts at 9’17”Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.continued….Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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