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Changes to SSH host keys

In an attempt to modernize our SSH infrastructure, we’ve made some changes to SSH keys on our Linux computers. We’ve disabled DSA host keys, and enabled new ECDSA and ED25519 host keys. This process took a few days, and during that time a few hosts had their keys changed. If you are experiencing problems trying [...]

2021-07-27T18:34:15-08:00July 27th, 2021|

Report obvious phishing scam emails to directly to Gmail

As we see yet another version of the “Send me your available text number” type phishing scam making the rounds, one of the most effective things you can do is this: If the spam is pretty obvious, especially if you’ve seen a variant of it before, directly report it as phishing to Gmail as soon [...]

2021-06-17T18:55:43-08:00June 17th, 2021|

Keep your guard up against Ransomware Attacks

As seen in recent headlines, institutionally targeted ransomware attacks are on the rise. The initial entry for these attackers seem to use many of the same techniques that we have seen in the past so it is becoming very important, as frequent computer users, to keep our guard up. This is particularly important for faculty, [...]

2021-06-07T18:53:30-08:00June 7th, 2021|

Solidworks for Students currently unavailable

The Solidworks for Students offering is currently unavailable for new activations (or renewals). The vendor has changed their licensing scheme and we are working on departmental guidance for how this product may be provided to MCECS students in the future. If you need to use Solidworks, the production version is available in many of our [...]

2021-06-07T13:13:01-08:00June 7th, 2021|

Watch out for new email phishing campaigns

In recent weeks, we have had reports of these newer phishing variants landing in MCECS users’ mailboxes. 1) The “I want to talk to you about a student” query The email appears to come from another university and the sender usually has an email address that doesn’t match the originating university. It asks to schedule [...]

2021-01-25T18:27:23-08:00January 25th, 2021|

myfiles.pdx.edu has been decomissioned

OIT has decommissioned myfiles.pdx.edu, the web-based access mechanism to their file server resources. If you are trying to access the file server resources tied to your campus-wide Odin account, you will need to connect to the VPN and use operating system dependent file access methods. From Windows: https://portlandstate.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/2/article/44717005 From Mac: https://portlandstate.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/2/article/44716965 Another option to access [...]

2021-01-21T23:28:07-08:00January 21st, 2021|

New round of Phishing Spam aimed at web site content

Recently, web site maintainers in MCECS have been receiving phishing emails disguised as complaints about the misuse of copyrighted images on their sites. The emails are often submitted through a contact form or to published contact email addresses. They often have a title that looks like: You have no legal rights to use my images [...]

2020-12-17T01:13:40-08:00December 17th, 2020|

OpenVPN change – Disabling IPv6 routing

If you actively make use of IPv6 routing over the MCECS OpenVPN, this may affect you. Otherwise, please ignore. On Thursday, November 12, 2020, our OpenVPN servers will stop setting IPv6 addresses and advertising IPv6 routes. We are making this change due to issues some users have experienced with unusual IPv6 conditions on their home [...]

2020-11-09T13:40:45-08:00November 9th, 2020|

End of Flash for Windows

At long last, Adobe is ending support for the old Flash web browser plugin. This means that the Flash plugin will soon be removed from web browsers on CAT supported systems. After the plugin is gone, any websites you visit that still use Flash will no longer render properly on the affected web browser. Adobe’s [...]

2020-10-08T08:38:41-08:00October 8th, 2020|
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