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June 27, 2007

06/28 5:50pm UPDATE: Power restored to Fairchild Build.

On 06/27, the 7 E. 12th Street Fairchild Building will be temporarily without power as of 3PM EST while transformer repairs are conducted by ConEd. The impact on ITS services as result of this outage should be minimal or none.

Power is expected to be fully restored on 06/27 at 5PM EST. However, please bear in mind that the ETR could be extended, so plan accordingly.

Please visit this site to receive the latest updates on the temporary power outage.

6/27 - UPDATE as of 6:20PM EST: ConEd reported that supplemental repairs still need to be completed. Full power is expected to be restored at 7PM EST. Please visit this webpage for the latest updates.

6/27 - UPDATE as of 6:60PM EST: The power outage is over. ConEd has fully restored power to the building as of 6:50PM EST.

6/28 - UPDATE as of 12:00PM EST: Fairchild lost power as of 10am today. ConEd is working to re-restore power as soon as possible. ITS-related services should be minimally impacted, if at all.

It is assumed at this time that building will remain closed for the remaining portion of the workday. Please plan accordingly. We will continue to update this page as the situation develops.

6/28 - UPDATE as of 5:50PM EST: Power to Fairchild building has been fully restored.

June 25, 2007

Beware "Hit Man" Scam Email

There have been several reports of NYU members receiving suspicious email stating that a supposed "hit man", i.e. assassin, was being paid by a 3rd-party to 'terminate' the email recipient. The message also states that the assassin wishes to bargain with the victim by asking for monetary compensation to avoid being killed. Moreover, it goes on to instruct the recipient not contact any law enforcement agency, lest they wish for the issue to escalate

This latest phishing scam seeks to scare individuals into complying with the sender's demands. However, this is a "hollow threat" scam that preys on the fears of others.

This scam has been reported on several websites and even appeared on CNN as recently as June 18th.

CNN Report

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are currently aware of this latest scam and are actively investigating it. You can read more about it here:

http://www.fbi.gov/page2/jan07/threat_scam011507.htm

The FBI points out that "replying to the e-mails just sends a signal to senders that they've reached a live account. It also escalates the intimidation".

If you should receive that scam message, DO NOT reply to it. Simply forward it to the following addressess:

reportphishing@antiphishing.org
spam@uce.gov
is.spam@nyu.edu

If you are receiving threatening or harassing emails, immediately forward the message(s) to the Technology Security Services at security@nyu.edu. Be sure to include the headers of the email so that we may effectively resolve your request in a timely manner. If you feel that you are in physical danger, you should also call the NYU Office of Public Safety's emergency number: 1-212-998-2222 (8-2222 if dialing from an on-campus telephone).

June 19, 2007

NYU Meeting Maker Calendar Survey

ITS recently upgraded NYU's faculty and staff calendar system, Meeting Maker. In order to refine and improve our process for introducing new services, we'd like to learn more about our clients' experiences with both the new version of Meeting Maker and the upgrade process.

If you use Meeting Maker, please assist us by taking a few minutes (we estimate less than five) to complete our online survey.

If you have questions or need additional assistance with Meeting Maker, visit http://www.nyu.edu/its/meetings/ or send email to meetingmaker.help@nyu.edu.

Thank you!

June 15, 2007

Security Updates for Windows Safari

On June 13th, 2 days after launching the beta version of the Safari web browser for Windows, Apple released several security updates to patch critical vulnerabilities that could be potentially exploited.

The 3 "critical" vulnerabilities could permit remote attackers to launch a "Denial-of-Service" condition or execute arbitrary code. Just as is the case with any software that is in the "beta" development stage, vulnerability issues should be expected until further testing can be completed.

The updated Safari browser, version 3.0.1, is now available for download here:

http://www.apple.com/safari/

June 12, 2007

Download Windows Updates: 06/12

Microsoft released several critical Windows patches on June 12 that resolve multiple vulnerabilities. The patches address, amongst other issues, vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and Internet Explorer.

This update affects multiple versions of Windows including Windows 2000, XP Professional SP2, & Vista.

Download the latest updates here:

http://update.microsoft.com