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Microsoft Office Vulnerability Announced

October 22, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Microsoft announced a vulnerability that is currently being exploited through Microsoft PowerPoint files, but could affect all Microsoft Office files on Windows computers.

An attacker using this exploit could gain the same user rights as the current user. If an attacker gains administrator rights, they could be able to install programs, view, change, or delete data, or create new accounts with full user rights. Microsoft has not yet released a patch for this vulnerability.

UPDATE: Alert! New Fraudulent Email Targets UMass Amherst

October 21, 2014

UPDATE: UMass Amherst IT has become aware of a new phishing message sent to members of the University community with the subject "Security Alert !!!" from sender "University of Massachusetts." This is also a phishing scam. Do not respond!


Members of the University community may have recently received an email from "UMass Amherst, " with the subject "Quota Limit" asking them to follow a link to upgrade the storage quota for their email account. 

Mail Delivery Delays to Non-UMass Email Addresses

October 20, 2014

On Monday, October 20, 2014, email messages sent to many major email services (e.g.,Yahoo!, Gmail, Comcast) from UMass Amherst email accounts may be temporarily delayed for up 48 hours. During this interval, members of the University community may receive notifications of undelivered mail.

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