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OIT warns students, faculty of phishing scams

first_imgSara Shoemake Phishing emails – “fraudulent emails and copy-cat websites [that] trick you into revealing valuable personal information,” according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – continue to target Notre Dame students and faculty.Kolin Hodgson, senior information security analyst for Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technologies (OIT), said the use of phishing scams is increasing not just at Notre Dame but worldwide.“This year, there are about 50,000 new campaigns a month worldwide,” he said. “Here on campus students were specifically targeted in Sept. 2014 [when] almost 3,000 students got a phishing email within 48 hours.”First, Hodgson said the phishers motivate their targets to provide them with their email and password.“Phishers use threats like ‘your credit card will be cancelled’ or ‘your email will be shut down’ to motivate,” he said. “Once they have motivated you, the first goal is complete.”The primary goal of phishing scams, however, is money, Hodgson said.“They will try to use [the username and password] on your credit card company, bank, Facebook, eBay, Amazon, Twitter, Snapchat, Google … everywhere you have an account,” Hodgson said.This is why college students and large universities in particular have been increasingly targeted by these phishing campaigns, Hodgson said.“College students have money, but universities have a couple other things that are useful to the phishers,” he said.Among these are the advanced computer operating systems, exclusive research data and fast internet connection that allows phishers to send out more phishing emails very quickly, Hodgson said.At Notre Dame, students and faculty provide their log-in information to phishing scams every month, which Hodgson said often leave them unable to access any Notre Dame resources online.The SEC says one of the best ways to avoid falling into a phishing scam is to verify the validity of the email.According to the SEC website, “If you have reason to believe that a financial institution actually does need personal information from you, pick up the phone and call the company yourself.”Hodgson said students at Notre Dame should never provide their ND log-in information in response to an email, nor should they ever click on a link provided in a potentially scamming email.To identify phishing emails, the SEC website recommends looking for three common trends: real company names and logos, URLs that appear to be legitimate but direct to incorrect locations and messages of urgency.Hodgson said there are several steps available for Notre Dame students who are “phished.”“If you gave up your username and password, change your passwords immediately … report it … and run a thorough virus scan,” he said.Although computers and email companies continually improve their detection of phishing emails, Hodgson said they cannot stop them all.“The new frontier of information security is the individual making choices about what to open and what to respond to,” he said.Tags: Kolin Hodgson, phishing emails, SEC, viruslast_img read more

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McWell introduces new services to promote wellness on campus

first_imgIn its second year, the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, also known as McWell, is looking to expand the services it offers in order to encourage more students to utilize its resources.Michael Yu | The Observer Kelly Hogan Stewart, director of McWell, said the mission of the Center — located on the second floor of St. Liam’s Hall — was to strive for comprehensive wellness for all those on campus. “Our mission is to cultivate a healthy campus environment where students thrive through the integration of mind, body and spirit,” she said in an email. The Center pursues its goal by offering programs that focus on increasing well-being in all aspects of student life, Stewart said.“By strategically partnering with units across campus, we create well-being programming and resources that are easy for our students to access,” she said. These programs include leadership training workshops, the McWell Sleep Program, Koru Mindfulness Training and the Annual Wellness Expo. By offering many different options for students to better influence their own well-being, they “strive to make the healthier choice the easier choice for Notre Dame students,” Stewart said. In addition to the many programs offered for the greater health of the University, McWell itself has also undergone significant changes in recent months in order to better serve its function as a place of relaxation and revitalization for students. McWell now houses a student break room, living room — complete with a mini fireplace — and the fort, a small room ideal for reading or meditating. Every room is available for reservation, Stewart said. After studying or lounging in the living room, students can take advantage of the resource hub, where coffee, tea, trail mix and even strawberries are all offered free of charge. The essential oil station provides a wide variety of calming and beneficial topical and air sprays. Stewart said input from student government and Notre Dame faculty experts in the field of environmental psychology was crucial to the planning of the renovations to the Center. She said that the “space was updated to reflect the expanded mission.”“We have become a holistic well-being department, driven by students for students,” she said. Concern for the environment was also a large factor in the creation of the new space. Dana Bakirtjy, sustainability communications project manager for the Office of Sustainability, worked closely with the staff of McWell to ensure that the upgrades to the center were as environmentally friendly as possible.Bakirtjy said the “greener” solutions included reusable containers and bulk dispensers in the resource room, as well as a gooseneck spigot for the water fountain and the introduction of LED lights.“They’re a fairly young office,” Bakirtjy said. “They were brought in to increase wellness through the student body.”“They’re really working on the overall concept of wellness,” Bakirtjy said. “They’re always looking for new opportunities [to increase the sustainability practices of McWell].” Tags: health, McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, McWell, sustainabilitylast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Matt Bomer & Cheynne Jackson Check In to Hotel & More

first_img Related Shows The King and I to Record Cast Album The revival of The King and I, starring Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara, will record a cast album for release on Decca Records in June, Broadway.com has confirmed. The tuner is currently in preview at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre and we’re whistling a happy tune that it’s back on the Great White Way where it belongs! View Comments Marcia Gay Harden Gets Promoted Marcia Gay Harden has gone from co-star to lead in the previously reported new CBS medical drama Code Black. According to Deadline, the Tony and Oscar winner will now play residency ER director Leanne after Maggie Grace exited the project. Bonnie Somerville takes on Harden’s former role of Christa. The show also includes West End, Homeland and Smash fave Raza Jaffrey, so we’re really looking forward to seeing this one. The King and I Watch Rita Wilson Hang With Sara Bareilles Rita Wilson is a woman of many talents (and perfectly clipped toenails). Not only is she treading the Broadway boards in Larry David’s Fish in the Dark, but her song “Girls Night In” will go on sale on March 17. Check out the tune’s music video below, where Wilson and her real-life girlfriends, including Sara Bareilles, tuck into wine and cupcakes. We wouldn’t mind copious quantities of both, stat. Matt Bomer & Cheynne Jackson Check In to Hotel We’ve got some good and bad news for all you American Horror Story fans. We’ll get the the depressing info over and done with first, via TVLine—Jessica Lange has officially confirmed that after Freak Show: “Yes I’m done.” On the upside, stage and screen faves Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson will be joining the next installment, Hotel. No word yet if either of them will kiss and/or duet with Lady Gaga, who is also set to appear in the series, but we live in hope. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

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Happy Opening to Broadway’s Holiday Inn!

first_img Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical It’s a lovely day today! The rainbow bright Broadway musical Holiday Inn opens officially on October 6 at Studio 54. Based off of the Oscar-winning 1942 film that starred Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, the Gordon Greenberg-helmed tuner has already been extended through January 15, 2017.To celebrate the new Irving Berlin musical’s Great White Way bow (and Christmas and the Fourth of July and Easter), Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created a kaleidoscopic, colorful sketch of the dazzling cast. Break out the balloons because stars Corbin Bleu, Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Lee Wilkof, Megan Sikora, Megan Lawrence and Morgan Gao are dancing across this wonderful caricature!Broadway.com wishes the vibrant cast of Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical a happy opening, a wonderful stay on the Main Stem, Christmas presents, Easter treats and fireworks galore. View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Lora Lee Gayer Corbin Bleu Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 © Justin “Squigs” Robertson! Star Files Related Shows Bryce Pinkhamlast_img read more

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TPL Says Three Big States Led Land Conservation Votes on Tuesday

first_imgMissoula County, Mont. – Voters passed 54-46% a $42 million bond to build out Fort Missoula Regional Park, expand trails throughout the county, and build and repair neighborhood parks in Missoula. Maine – Voters passed, 65-35%, a $10 million bond measure to help pay for infrastructure which would reduce threats to the state’s water resources and protect fisheries and habitat for water birds and other aquatic animals. Portland, Ore. – A $68 million bond to repair and maintain the city’s parks won 72-28%. Los Angeles County, Calif. – A proposed extension of an existing parcel tax measure to pay for county parks and recreation won 62-38% support from voters, but failed because it needed a 2/3 margin for enactmentDetails of local conservation ballots measures dating back to 1988 can be found at www.landvote.org. California – Voters passed, 67-33%, a $7.5 billion water bond, which includes $1.5 billion for land conservation. It will be the first new state funding dedicated to land conservation since 2006. Benton County, Wash. – A 10-year property tax, which was expected to generate $1 million annually for open space, was defeated 45-55% Bernalillo County, N.M – Voters in this county, which includes Albuquerque, gave 72-28% approval to a 15-year property tax for open space and natural areas. A record $13 billion for land conservation was approved by voters across America on voting day this week, including large statewide measures in Florida, New Jersey, and California, The Trust for Public Land said.“Tuesday was a remarkable day for land conservation in states and cities across America,” said Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land, the nation’s leader in creating public funding for parks and open space. “Voters in Florida, New Jersey and California all approved measures which will mean billions of dollars will be spent to preserve the special places which are important to them and their families. And that approval came from voters regardless of their party affiliation.”“But the results were not surprising,” Rogers said. “For more than 20 years, The Trust for Public Land has seen that support from Democratic, Republican and independent voters alike. Whether voters are red or blue, they are both green when they are willing to vote with their pocketbooks to protect special places.”The measures included:Florida – An amendment to the state constitution won 75-25% approval and will dedicate $18 billion over the next 20 years, with half that amount set aside for new land conservation, including major investments in the Everglades. The $9 billion total makes up the bulk of the $13 billion approved Tuesday. The Florida measure was the largest land conservation measure ever approved in a single state. Larimer County, Colo. A 25-year sales tax extension to protect natural areas, open space and rivers won 81-19% approval by the county’s voters, which includes Fort Collins. It is expected to generate more than $10.4 million annually with half to be shared back to the county’s 8 municipalities. New Jersey – By 65-35%, voters dedicated $2.15 billion over the next 20 years for land conservation, using a portion of corporate business taxes collected by the state. North Dakota – A proposed state constitutional amendment was defeated 21-79%. It would have dedicated 5% of the state’s oil extraction tax money to parks and conservation for the next 25 years, or about $75 million annually.last_img read more

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US Sanctions on Venezuela Explained

first_imgBy Noelani Kirschner / ShareAmerica April 13, 2020 Since 2017, the U.S. has sanctioned people, businesses, and oil entities associated with the Nicolás Maduro regime, both inside and outside of Venezuela.Why are sanctions necessary and who actually feels their impact?U.S. sanctions are designed to ensure that Maduro and his cronies don’t profit from illegal gold mining, state-owned oil operations, or other business transactions that would enable the regime’s criminal activity and human rights abuses.For example, oil sanctions are designed to “to cut off those sources of financial income and prevent the oil industry from being exploited for patronage,” U.S. State Department’s Carrie Filipetti told a U.S. Senate committee.This means sanctions go after someone such as Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman who used a network of shell companies to hide profits from no-bid, overvalued contracts obtained through bribes and kickbacks. Now that he is sanctioned, he is no longer allowed to conduct business in the U.S. or through the U.S. financial system.Economists agree that U.S. sanctions are not responsible for the Venezuelan economy’s decline. According to a Brookings Institution and Harvard University study, “when analyzing several socioeconomic outcomes in Venezuela across time, it becomes clear that the bulk of the deterioration in living standards occurred long before the sanctions were enacted in 2017.”And while the U.S. government imposes sanctions on pro-Maduro people and businesses, it doesn’t decrease the amount of aid that the U.S. contributes to Venezuela.The U.S. government provided over $656 million in life-saving aid to the Venezuelan people between 2017 and 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed FY 2021 budget includes $205 million to address Venezuelans’ health and agriculture needs.While the U.S. government has placed sanctions on people and organizations, the “sanctions need not be permanent for those who want to contribute to Venezuela’s democratic future,” said U.S. State Department’s Elliott Abrams. But “others who continue to profit from or support Maduro should take warning.”last_img read more

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USS Lassen, Embarked Coast Guard Team Recover Illegal Drugs in Caribbean

first_imgBy U.S. Fourth Fleet/U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Public Affairs May 26, 2020 The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard  (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team recovered more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana, May 2.While on routine patrol, approximately 15 miles northeast of Navassa Island, an uninhabited island in the Caribbean Sea between Haiti and Jamaica administered by the U.S. Department of Interior, an embarked MH-60R Sea Hawk assigned to the “Proud Warriors” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 72, Combat Element (CEL) 2 located a 35-foot go-fast vessel with three suspected drug smugglers aboard throwing packages overboard.In a coordinated effort, the small boat crew from Lassen along with the LEDET were launched to the scene to further investigate and recovered a total of 65 packages of marijuana, totaling more than 3,500 pounds.“This is an excellent example of the teamwork aboard Lassen,” said U.S. Navy Commander Judson Mallory, USS Lassen commanding officer. “Our ships and aircraft have unique capabilities and our teams worked well together to conduct this operation safely and successfully.”USS Lassen is deployed to the U.S. Fourth Fleet area of operations supporting U.S. Southern Command and Joint Interagency Task Force South’s enhanced counter drug operations mission in the Caribbean.On April 1, U.S. Southern Command began enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs in support of Presidential National Security Objectives. Numerous U.S. agencies from the departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations.The fight against drug cartels in the Caribbean Sea requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring, and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by international partners and U.S. attorneys in districts across the nation. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Caribbean Sea is conducted under the authority of the 7th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Miami. The interdictions, including the actual boardings, are led and conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central, and South American region.last_img read more

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Awareness solves the credit union ‘mystery’

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It might be difficult to admit, but it’s something many of us know to be true: Not everyone in America knows what a credit union is.Call me crazy, but I’m OK with that. At least for now.If every American knew about credit unions—about how we’re member-owned and not-for-profit—and the banks still held a massive share of the market, then I might be worried.But I’m not worried. I’m encouraged.That’s because I know that when consumers finally solve the credit union “mystery”—when they learn about our cooperative, service-first model that allows us to offer the best and most affordable products and services on the market—time and again they turn their attention squarely to us. continue reading »last_img read more

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Your brand is only as strong as its weakest link

first_img“You’re only as strong as your weakest link.” I never understood this saying until recently. As far as I was concerned, the strong members of your group could compensate for the weaker ones, as long as the weak members were outnumbered. It doesn’t work that way.My son’s soccer team recently merged with another team because neither had enough players to make a roster. The two halves of the teams live in different cities, hold separate practices and train with different coaches who have different coaching philosophies. Our half of the team took first place four consecutive seasons. The other team was always toward the bottom of the pack. Combined, we’re at the bottom of the pack.Financial institutions most likely relate to this, because they usually have teams of employees at different branch locations with managers who manage differently. Do any of those managers exercise business practices that contradict your brand? Those are your weak links, or brand gaps. Even if it’s only one manager at one location, that branch weakens the overall strength of your brand.Following are a few suggestions to strengthen or repair your weak links: continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Valamar donated to Red Cross offices and soup kitchens

first_imgAlso, Valamar provided accommodation to the General Hospital Dubrovnik for hospital employees in 12 mobile homes in the Solitudo Sunny Camping on Babin Kuk free of charge and with overhead costs, while Valamar’s Central Laundry in Poreč provided laundry necessary for the smooth operation of quarantine facilities without fees. Valamar hotels and camps in Poreč, Rabac, Krk, Rab, Makarska and Dubrovnik donated groceries and other necessities to the city offices of the Red Cross and soup kitchens in an effort to provide support to those in need in the community during this period.  last_img read more

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