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Cyberattacks at Universities are on the Rise

Cyberattacks are becoming a common problem on college campuses. America’s research universities are often the targets. These universities are at the hub of information exchanges through out the world. Most of the attacks are thought to come from China. NY Times is reporting that millions of hacking attempts happen weekly.

The campuses targeted are being forced to tighten security which is preventing them from their normal open exchange of information and causing them to take time to find out what information was stolen. Officials have stated that some of the hacking attempts have succeeded and those that have succeeded are often not known about until well after the breach occurred. The universities are remaining silent on the specific nature of the breaches except for those that have involved the theft of personal data. Personal data includes social security numbers, email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, etc.

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Rodney J. Petersen, head of the cybersecurity program at Educause, a nonprofit alliance of school and tech companies, told NY Times, “The attacks are increasing exponentially, and so is the sophistication, and I think it’s outpaced our ability to respond. So everyone’s investing a lot more resources in detecting this, so we learn of even more incidents we wouldn’t have know about before.”

The problem that the universities are facing with cyber attacks is that it puts the research work at critical risk. Patents for prescription drugs, computer chips, fuel cells, medical devices and many other products and services that could be stolen for commercial, political or national security value.

The numbers of cyberattacks are doubling every few years putting universities on edge trying to figure out the source of the attacks and what has been stolen. The schools are also on edge because it appears that every time they fix a breach, a new hack occurs with more sophisticated technology.

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Bill Mellon, associate dean for research policy at University of Wisconsin, said of the increased cyberattacks, “We get 90,000 to 100,000 attempts per day, from China alone, to penetrate our system. There are also a lot from Russia, and recently a lot from Vietnam, but it’s primarily China.”

The schools that have noticed the most attempts coming from China have not figured out whether the hackers are private or governmental.

Going Back to School? Don’t Get Scammed

Is your dream to go back to school? There are many people out there just like you, who want to better their lives and provide for their families by furthering their education. Getting an online diploma can be a great option for busy people. However, some online schools are far more interested in taking your money than they are in actually teaching you anything.

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Unaccredited Schools:

Almost all employers will only recognize a diploma from an accredited university. Schools are not accredited directly by the US Department of Education, but by recognized authorities and accrediting institutions. Sham schools will often tiptoe around this and use words like “licensed,” or “recognized.” To be absolutely sure that an online school is legitimate, you can contact the better business bureau to ask them about the school’s credentials and whether or not it’s accredited.

Diploma Mills:

To earn a legitimate degree takes a good deal of time and a lot of hard academic work. Online schools dubbed “diploma mills” will offer unsuspecting education-seekers degrees based on “life experience” or a degree earned in a disproportionately short amount of time. These schools may also charge “per degree” rather than per credit hour or semester. Watch out for online schools that have foreign addresses or use P.O. boxes. If earning an online degree seems to require little to no academic work, or there is almost no communication with professors, you might be dealing with a diploma mill. Another sign of a diploma mill is a requirement to take an online exam that seems far too easy to pass, or lets you take it multiple times to ensure that you pass it.

The following online schools have been reported to issue useless diplomas:

  • Belford University
  • University of Berkley (watch out for schools with names very similar to those of real, reputable institutions)
  • Jefferson High School Online (for getting a GED – online school scams can apply to high school diplomas too!)

These fake online schools prey on people who are trying to improve their lives through education. Don’t fall victim to one of these scams. There are some legitimate online schools. Remember to check with the BBB to ensure that the online school you’re considering will grant you a real diploma that will be recognized by the military, employers and admissions offices. Many brick-and-mortar schools also offer legitimate online programs or classes. Also, if there’s a chance that you might transfer to a different school in the future, make sure that the school you enroll in now offers credits that are easily transferable.


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Now that college has been back in session for a couple of months (and in some places 3 months), it is usually the time of the year when students are comfortable, well settled into their classes, and looking towards Christmas.

It’s also the time when college students are feeling most comfortable with their new friends and reconnecting with old friends.

Identity Thieves know this.

In fact, in interviews we’ve done with identity thieves, they say that they target people during holiday times, and universities and students in particular, because students tend to be the most distracted around this time of year.

In addition to the holiday hustle and bustle all of us deal with, students are also moving out of the dorms, preparing for tests, and finding jobs for the holiday break.

This leaves college students among the most susceptible to people who would have their information stolen.

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If you are a college student, Norton has products designed specifically for you.  They also have coupons for college students to save money on all Norton products.

Some of the additional features of products offered by Norton for college students include

  • Monitoring emails and instant messages for any links which could be hazardous to your computer, as well as attachments that could potentially be malicious.
  • Establishing a two-way firewall.  This should prevent hackers (even within a dorm environment) from getting into your PC and stealing your personal information, or even your Facebook and Twitter passwords.
  • Mapping and monitoring of the network you are on.  This will show you all of the devices connected to your dorm or apartment network (if you’ve set up a wireless network), letting you very easily see which uninvited guests are either using your connection or checking in on you when you go online.

If you are a college student, you really need to have some sort of internet security on your computer.

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7 Tips to Protect College Students from Identity Theft

It’s Back to School time, and not just for the young ones. Many of us have children going to college this fall, learning new life skills and having the time of their life. With these 7 tips you can help them make sure that it’s “their life” having all the fun and not just their identity.

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