January, 2005
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New Library Committee Examines Survey Results

Library journals are the fuel driving research, Lab scientists say. A Library Committee, made up of representatives from the Lab’s various divisions, was formed this week to protect this important resource. The committee is analyzing the results of the recent Library survey, which asked researchers to vote for their favorite journals from a list of 2,200 titles. Over 1,300 scientists and engineers responded to the survey, and each division was well represented. For details go to the survey results homepage. Read more.

Recent Calendar Upgrade Complete

ITSD conducted a major Calendar server hardware and software upgrade weekend of Jan. 15 and 16. The upgrade has imp roved system performance, providing a new web interface with Mozilla support and designate access. If you currently use Calendar, your service will continue to function normally after the upgrade. If you use Netscape or Steltor Calendar, go to the Lab’s download page to upgrade to Oracle Calendar. Questions? Call the Help Desk (x4357).

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Go Phish: Test Your Phishing IQ

“Phishing” attacks use spoof emails and fraudulent Web sites designed to fool recipients into divulging personal financial data such as credit card numbers, usernames and passwords. Cyber criminals hijack the logos and content styles of well-known banks, online retailers and credit card companies. They send out authentic-looking notifications, often asking recipients to confirm account data. Many include security and privacy notices to appear more convincing. Do you recognize a phishing scam when you see one? Take this phishing quiz.


Spyware Grows More Malicious

New types of spyware are becoming increasingly malicious. For example, CoolWebSearch changes settings in Internet Explorer browsers and installs rogue applications and Perfect Keylogger logs every keystroke users enter, putting users' personal information at risk. The Computer Protection Program strongly recommends that all Windows users run an anti-spyware program such as Spybot every day available on the Lab's download site. Read more.

Cyber Security Faces New Challenges

Recent cyber attacks and increasing federal regulation and compliance activities are the latest challenges faced by the Lab’s cyber protection team. Two serious cyber attacks, which occurred within the last six months, reveal serious vulnerabilities in our computing environment, said Computer Protection Manager Dwayne Ramsey. Read more.

Service Tip

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LETS Lite Now Available Via BLIS

Once you’ve logged into your Berkeley Lab Information Systems (BLIS) Enterprise Portal, you now have one-click access to LETS Lite—no need to login to this service separately. Enter directly from BLIS, and the timekeeping homepage appears. BLIS, a multi-year project by ITSD and Operations, aims to provide users with a “personalized information cockpit” that allows them to navigate and gain access to the management information they need with a few keystrokes. Access to LETS Lite from the Lifeline Applications Channel is the latest user-friendly addition.

 Protecting Your Computer

Beware of Tsunami Relief Scams

A growing number of scam messages appear to be in connection with ongoing tsunami relief efforts. Messages that solicit funds for tsunami victims may in reality be designed to get users to reveal personal identity information such as credit card numbers to be used in identity fraud. Do not furnish any kind of personal information — social security number, credit card numbers, and so on — in response to email messages you receive, no matter how legitimate these messages look.


New Worm Embeds Itself in Message That Looks like CNN Headlines

The Computer Protection Program advises users to beware of a new mass-mailing worm called Crowt.A, which appears to be a headline newsletter from CNN. Although the worm is blocked by the Lab’s virus wall; home systems are vulnerable unless their anti-virus software has been updated. This worm generates a variety of subject lines, message content and attachment names based on recent news headlines on the CNN Web site. Read more.

Enrollment Still Open for Feb. 17 Security Basics Course

Learn the fundamentals of how to secure your system in the free Security Basics Course to be taught from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in room 50B-4205. Enrollment is still open, though limited. Go online for a course description and to enroll.

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Monthly Virus Update: More than 100,000 Worms and Viruses Erased

The Lab's virus wall continues to protect Lab systems from worm and virus infections; last month it identified and eradicated a total of 108,627 worms and viruses, almost all of which are designed to infect Windows systems. In contrast, the number in December was 123,654. In addition, the Santy worm, one of a minority of worms that do not target Windows systems, has gained considerable notoriety recently. Read more.