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New Scams Targeting University Employees

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.

Monitoring student behavior on Snapchat 'next to impossible,' administrators say

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Colleges and universities face few options to curb inappropriate behavior on Snapchat. Some have turned to educating students about responsible social media use.

F.C.C. Approves 'Net Neutrality' Rules

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. 

Pulse podcast features interview with Bryan Alexander on higher ed's future

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The Pulse podcast features an interview with Bryan Alexander.

Instructure Expands in Corporate Market With New Funding

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.

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U. of Virginia launches ed-tech accelerator to support efficacious start-ups

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U. of Virginia launches an "education accelerator" that could one day grow to become a Consumer Reports for the ed-tech market.

Coursera adds corporate partners to massive open online course sequences

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Massive open online course provider Coursera adds corporate partners to its course sequences and says it has found a business model.

Do the FCC's rules on blocking mobile hot spots apply to higher education?

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After the Federal Communications Commission cracks down on blocking mobile hot spots at a hotel, IT officers are waiting to hear if the order applies to colleges and universities.

Babson Survey Research Group considers changes to annual report on distance education market

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With the federal government tallying students in online courses, the Babson Survey Research Group considers changes to its annual report on the distance education market.

The Pulse podcast features highlights from mid-Atlantic eLearning conference

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The Pulse podcast offers highlights from a regional conference on distance learning.

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