Alerts / Information

Security Alerts & Information

CCA ETS Tip For Reporting Questionable Google Docs:

Questionable Google Docs
03/24/2016 10:00 AM PST

In cases like these, where the questionable content is on a Google Doc that you have opened, you can click "report abuse" at the bottom of the document, then choose the "Spam..." option.  Google uses this information collectively to better respond to and/or filter suspicious content. Google has a pretty good article describing many of the most common Google scams with additional resources.



CCA ETS Gmail Phishing Messages:

Phishing Messages
03/23/2016 10:00 AM PST


A number of our users have received a particulary well crafted fake login page, intended to gather user credentials. In this fake login page you will notice that there is a dropdown menu for choosing your email provider, and the URL will not be a Google address.


CCA recommends that If you are directed to this page that you *do not* enter your credentials and report the phishing / abuse to google. If you have entered your credentials and clicked the submit button, please contact the Helpdesk ( 510.594.5010) ASAP and they can help you reset your password and make sure your credentials weren't already used for access to your other CCA resources.​




AICAD Community Listserves:

03/10/2016 07:02 AM PST


A number of our peer AICAD (Association Independant Colleges of Art & Design) schools have recently been targeted by false online advertising promoting that graduates of these school may be eligible for loan forgiveness (similar to what the Dept. of Ed has offered graduates of for-profit schools that have closed recently). Unfortunately, this is now a regular part of the higher education landscape, and AICAD schools are not alone in being targeted this way.  Many other private, non-profit colleges and universities have faced this in the last year or so.

CCA encourages users and administrators to review the Better Business Bureau (BBB) information on the topic before engaging in any Student Loan Forgiveness Programs.



National Cyber Awareness System:

03/09/2016 09:26 PM EST

Original release date: March 09, 2016

Apple has released a security update for Windows 7 and later to address a vulnerability in Apple Software Update. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Apple security website for Software Update 2.2 and apply the necessary update.



National Cyber Awareness System:

03/08/2016 01:19 PM EST

Original release date: March 08, 2016

Adobe has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Acrobat, Reader, and Digital Editions. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Adobe Security Bulletins APSB16-09 and APSB16-06 and apply the necessary updates.