Yahoo Announces Email Password Compromise

On Jan 30th, 2014, Yahoo announced that a number of their email users usernames and passwords were compromised.  According to the company, the accounts were exposed through a data breach of a third party database.   Yahoo has not released any information about who the third party is or how many accounts were affected.  Yahoo is urging users to change their passwords.  They are also notifying affected users of the compromise via email or SMS Text Messaging.   At present, it is unknown whether any information other than username and password was taken.  Yahoo is working with federal law enforcement to investigate this breach. Recommendations: Change passwords for all Yahoo email accounts. Change passwords for all accounts that user the same user id or password as was used for the Yahoo email account. Use unique passwords for every site/system and change passwords on a periodic basis. Create passwords that are long (at least 8 characters), complex (utilize at least 3 of the 4 … [Read more...]

Tech Support Phone Scam

Some members of the UMW community are reporting receiving calls from a person that claims to be from "Windows technical support".  They explain that a virus is "coming from your IP address".  This is to try and get you to install software on your computer and allow them remote access. Please, note the phone number you receive the call from and hang up.  After you hang up please report the incident to the IT Help Desk or IT Security noting the time and phone number. DO NOT give them any information and DO NOT initiate a connection. Remember, if you are ever in doubt, hang up and call the IT Help Desk directly. 540-654-2255. Thank you for your assistance in keeping UMW safe! … [Read more...]