Cyber Security Awareness Month – Week 2

October 10-14 is Week Two of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign, a national initiative to ensure everyone knows what they need to do to stay safe online.

Stay engaged:

  1. Keep up with the IT Security Blog.
  2. Visit the IT Security website.
  3. View the IT Security Awareness videos available to faculty and staff via UTC Learn.
  4. Attend one of the IT Security presentations:
    Theme:   Cyber Security – from the Break Room to the Board Room.
    Dates:   This Tuesday (10/11) or Wednesday (10/12)
    Time:   10:00 -10:45am
    Location:   UC Signal Mountain Room

Phishing Attempts: “Account Locked” and “Profile Update”

There are currently two phishing attempts going around UTC campus. The titles of the emails are “Account Locked” and “Profile Update”.

These emails have been reported to and it is safe to remove the mail from your inbox. As always, please do not open the link. If you have opened the link and provided your UTC credentials to the phishing attempt, please change your password at

Guns and Drugs on Facebook’s MarketPlace

Facebook is facing problems with its eBay competitor.

Krebs on IoT Hacked Devices

Which Internet of Things devices are hacked most often?

Another Critical OpenSSL Patch

Another flaw that could allow remote code execution.  Patch your systems.

Homeland Security says Voting is Safe

No evidence that US voting data has been hacked.

Nobody is Buying Stolen NSA Hacks?

Shadow Brokers, the hackers who got the NSA hacking tools, says no one is buying them.

Cyber Security Awareness Month



Along with other colleges and universities, UTC is promoting National Cyber Security Awareness Month; a collaborative effort to ensure everyone knows what they need to do to stay safe online. Our goal is to raise awareness about Internet-borne risks by engaging and educating the UTC community that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and it takes just a few simple steps to make the Internet experience more secure for everyone.

Each week during October we will concentrate on a different cybersecurity theme and hold presentations each Tuesday and Wednesday in the University Center.  Stay up-to-date on our NCSAM campaign by visiting the UTC IT Security page, and for more information about the NCSAM campaign check out Stop.Think.Connect.

Yahoo Breach:500M Affected

Loss included usernames, hashed passwords, and possibly the security questions for account resets.  You might want to change your Yahoo password, but the hack was from 2014.

Rumor:Yahoo Hacked, Millions Affected

Yahoo is expected to announce they’ve experienced a massive breach.