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Java Version 7 is Vulnerable to Malicious Attacks

On January 10, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) released an advisory that Java 7 Update 10 contains “a vulnerability that can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.” Java is a programming language and is part of the underlying technology that drives many of today’s computer programs, including WVU enterprise systems. WVU users may continue to use Java version 6, which does not have this vulnerability.

Scammers can exploit this vulnerability to gain unauthorized access to personal data through spam and phishing email. Alex Jalso, director of information security services and interim director of project management, suggests, “If you receive a suspicious email containing unknown links in the body of the message, do not click on the link, do not reply, and forward the message as an attachment to defendyourdata@mail.wvu.edu. After that, delete the email from your inbox.”

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Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 Released, but Not Always Compatible with WVU Systems

WVU students, faculty, and staff who received computers as gifts over the holidays and were introduced to the newest version of Microsoft Windows may be asking when the University will move to Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. WVU IT staff will continue ongoing testing of these new releases with key University systems and will keep the community informed as the various application vendors certify their products for Windows 8 compatibility.

“We know Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 are upon us, but many of our web-based applications such as eCampus, MyAccess, MAP, and STAR are not certified for Windows 8 compatibility and may not be fully compatible with the recent releases,” says Cara Pietrowski, director of OIT client services.

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