Security Alerts

  • November 3, 2016

    INFORMATION SECURITY ALERT: RISK LOW - Private message from Amit Chakma

    Many people within the Western community have reported receiving an email purported to have originated from President Chakma. This email was not sent by Dr Chakma. (Read full entry)


  • September 14, 2016

    Cryptoware on campus

    Today Western detected an instance of ransomware in one of our organizational units. Ransomware is computer malware that installs covertly on a victim's computer and executes a crypto-virology attack that encrypts the victim's files, making them inaccessible and demands a ransom payment to restore the files and the system. Simple ransomware may lock the system and display a message requesting payment to unlock it. (Read full entry)


  • March 25, 2015

    New Ransomeware Infections on Campus

    Five Western faculties or business units are reporting new ransomware infections. This unnamed malware appears as an audio wave file attachment, an infected MP4 (movie file) or an email appearing to provide an applicant's resume. If you receive an unexpected email with a resume attachment, or with attached media files from someone not in your contact list, do not open the attachment. (Read full entry)


  • November 27, 2014

    Possible hacking of major news sites

    A number of independent reports are indicating that the CBC News, The Globe & Mail, iVillage and possibly the NT Times websites have been infiltrated by Syrian Hackers who have installed Java based malware. Other possible sites affected include The Daily Telegraph, CNBC, PC World, Forbes, OK Magazine, The Chicago Tribute, and NHL. (Read full entry)


  • October 28, 2014

    Cryptowall Ransomware

    This week some Western academic and business units have been hit hard by a new variation of ransomware known as 'Cryptowall'. This has resulted in a loss of important data or financial loss. (Read full entry)


  • October 15, 2014

    Poodlebleed Vulnerability

    Three Google Inc researchers have uncovered a security bug in widely used web encryption technology that they say could allow hackers to take over accounts for email, banking and other services in what they have dubbed a "Poodle" attack. This security vulnerability takes advantage of an older encryption protocol known as SSL v3. (Read full entry)


  • September 29, 2014

    Shellshock - Linux Bash Vulnerability

    A new Linux Bash vulnerability has been widely reported in the press (known as 'Shellshock'). The scope of this vulnerability is similar to the Heartbleed bug where several versions of Bash (Linux shell) and platforms are affected. (Read full entry)


  • April 8, 2014

    Information Security Threat - High Risk to Western

    A vulnerability (denoted 'Heartbleed bug') has been identified that effects some Western Web-Servers. This vulnerability is serious and exploits a popular cryptographic software library known as OpenSSL. (Read full entry)


  • February 25, 2014

    Information Security Threat - High Risk to Western

    In the last week Canadian universities, including Western, have seen a significant rise in ransomware attacks against information systems. Ransomware is software which scans a computer, encrypting all data files it finds, basically hijacking the data. Unless backups exist, this data is unrecoverable unless payment is made to the virus author. ITS is reporting that our community is at risk. Faculty, staff and students have all been victimized by a new threat called 'Cryptorbit'. Fortunately, Western's anti-virus solution can detect and remove this virus (but cannot recover its victimized files).  (Read full entry)



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