Faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon University who last weekend clicked on a link in an e-mail titled "Your salary raise information" were disappointed when they didn't find a pay increase but an attempt to steal their personal information. The university has since warned the campus community against the phishing scam and locked down the compromised accounts, WPXI reported.
Hackers often target university employees' wallets. In the last several months, the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or REN-ISAC, has identified threats against university payroll systems and personal tax returns. The organization on Friday released a new advisory, warning colleges and universities about a "resurgence" in scams that involve fake wire transfers. In one version of the scam, a vice president at a university received an e-mail from a hacker impersonating the president asking for help with an outgoing wire transfer. REN-ISAC recommended university officers who can conduct wire transfers be suspicious of instructions sent by e-mail.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to regulate the Internet as a public utility, a major win for the "net neutrality" advocates -- including higher education groups -- that lobbied the agency to ban paid traffic prioritization on the Internet. In a separate vote, the F.C.C. also overturned laws that banned municipal broadband providers from expanding their coverage. Such laws, which are on the books in 19 states, have prevented cities from building their own networks to compete with those of private companies. Both decisions, which passed along party lines, 3 to 2, are likely to be challenged in court.
Learning management system provider Instructure is inching closer to an initial public stock offering, and on Wednesday the company announced it had raised another $40 million in investor funding. The company, which develops the Canvas LMS, will use the funding to expand its presence in the corporate learning management system with Bridge. To date, Instructure has raised about $90 million in investor funding.