Information Technology Updates
QR codes are everywhere: you can see them on posters and leaflets, ATM screens, price tags and merchandise, historical buildings and monuments. People use them to share information, promote various online resources, pay for their goodies, and pass verification. And yet you don’t see lots of QR codes in email: users often read messages on their phones without any other device handy for scanning. As such, most letters come with ordinary hyperlinks instead. Nevertheless, the attackers increasingly turn to QR codes delivered through email. Read more at https://securelist.com/qr-codes-in-phishing/110676/
It’s clear that users remain a key target for threat actors looking to gain a foothold in corporate systems. In the past, businesses have placed the onus on users – expecting them to know what to look out for and identify phishing attacks – but with techniques becoming more convincing, a new approach is needed. Read more at https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/blogs/how-can-users-stay-protected/
UNI IT has chosen Bitwarden as its licensed partner for an enterprise password manager. Bitwarden also offers free accounts that should be more that adequate for most uses. Migration from other password managers is generally available and documented on Bitwarden's website. For more on password managers in general, see https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/power-password-managers/
Phone call scams are sometimes preferred by bad actors because they provide a direct connection between the bad actor and the potential victim. Guidance to protect yourself can be found at https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/stop-phone-call-scams/
Your financial accounts are a primary target for cyber-criminals. You have money, and they will do anything to steal it. By financial accounts, we mean not only your checking or savings accounts, but also investments, retirement, and online payment accounts like PayPal. Fortunately, with some simple, fundamental steps, you can protect yourself. Read the details at https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/securing-financial-accounts/
This upgrade has taken place on Thursday, May 26
In mid-to-late April, a number of Duo applications were upgraded to be able to convert to Duo's new Universal Prompt. See https://it.uni.edu/updates/duo-universal-prompt-phase-2 for those details. However, the set of applications scheduled for April 27 had some issues and was reverted. Those updates are now scheduled for this coming Wednesday, May 17.
- Wednesday, May 17: Many internal and/or higher-use resources, e.g., Google apps, eBiz, Zoom, ServiceHub, CBORD GET, VPN, Docusign, EZ Proxy, FAMIS 360, etc.
The above is a sample of the most common applications affected. A complete list can be found at https://it.uni.edu/shibboleth-and-duo-universal-prompt-upgrades. Details on Duo's Universal Prompt can be found at https://guide.duo.com/universal-prompt
As QR codes continue to be heavily used by legitimate organizations—from Super Bowl advertisements to enforcing parking fees and fines, scammers have crept in to abuse the very technology for their nefarious purposes. The rest of the story is here: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/qr-codes-used-in-fake-parking-tickets-surveys-to-steal-your-money/
AI: What is It and Why Should I Care?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) describes systems programmed to think and respond like humans. In fact, we asked the AI solution ChatGPT that very question and got this response. https://www.sans.org/newsletters/ouch/artificial-intelligence/
On February 1, UNI made our first conversion to Duo's Universal Prompt for accessing Microsoft 365 resources. See https://it.uni.edu/updates/duo-universal-prompt for details about that event. Over the next two weeks, we'll be converting a number of other uses of Duo to the Universal Prompt. Many of your day-to-day Duo encounters will be included. Below is a sampling of the applications that will be converted on the indicated day. A complete list can be found at https://it.uni.edu/shibboleth-and-duo-universal-prompt-upgrades
- Thursday, April 20 - Portal (MyUNIverse) and SIS
- Tuesday, April 25 - Many external, lower-use resources, e.g., Accommodate, CourseLeaf, Handshake, Jobs UNI, Marketing Cloud, Maxient, Qualtrics, Salesforce, etc.
- Thursday, April 27 - Many internal and/or higher-use resources, e.g., Google apps, eBiz, Zoom, ServiceHub, CBORD GET, VPN, Docusign, EZ Proxy, FAMIS 360, etc.
More details on Universal Prompt can be found at https://guide.duo.com/universal-prompt
Duo accounts that have not used a phone call or SMS passcode since the first of the year will have those methods removed from their Duo account later this week. Duo Push via the Duo mobile app remains the primary and best way for users to interact with UNI's multi-factor authentication solution. Those that are actively using phone calls or SMS for authentication may continue to do so for now.