Calling All Singers, Dancers, Poets—Sign Up for Annual TWLOHA Event

TWLOHA (To Write Love On Her Arms) is an annual Open Mic event, hosted by PACE, to raise awareness of suicide prevention and self-harm. We are looking for people who are interested to perform a song, dance, or poem of their choice. The event is Wednesday, October 23 at 7PM. If you or a group of people are interested in performing, please email aj4512@desales.edu to be put on the list.

Tomorrow: DeSales Midnight Madness

The Sport Management Society is hosting its annual Midnight Madness this Thursday night, October 17, at 10PM in Billera Hall Rec Courts.

  • DJ
  • Knockout, Corn Hole, Spike Ball
  • Inflatables
  • FREE Ice Cream
  • $1 T-Shirts
  • RAFFLES!

Today: ReadSpeaker Info Session (Blackboard Text-to-Speech Feature)

ReadSpeaker is a new tool that adds a text-to-speech tool to your students’ Blackboard experience. Learn the functionality and uses of this new feature on Wednesday, October 16 at 3PM in the CERT Conference Room (Dooling 40) or via Zoom at http://tinyurl.com/DEITZoom.

Register at http://desales.edu/workshops. Afraid of commitment, just crash the party – there’s always room for one more.

Click this link for a 3 minute video preview.

TAG – You’re IT Poster and Video Contest

This is just a reminder that the deadline is coming up on October 25 for the LVAIC National Cyber Security Awareness Month poster and video contest. DeSales won the video contest last year and we would love to bring bragging rights home again this year. Also, it’s open to faculty, staff, and students so don’t forget to enter!

Here’s the link for more info: https://lvaic.org/for-staff/professional-development/csam/

Kat Lehman, MBA

Phishing, Smishing, Vishing…

fishingWhile you might have heard of phishing before, did you know about whaling, spear-phishing, smishing, catphishing, and vishing? All are forms of social engineering designed to trick you into either giving out your information or clicking on a link that then might install malware on your computer or device so the hacker can gather critical information. Let’s take a look at some of these terms and what they mean as well as who their targets might be.

Phishing – “Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.” (Source: Phishing.org:https://www.phishing.org/what-is-phishing)

Spear Phishing – “Spear phishing is an email targeted at a specific individual or department within an organization that appears to be from a trusted source. It’s actually cybercriminals attempting to steal confidential information.” (Source: knowbe4.com: https://www.knowbe4.com/spear-phishing/)

Whaling – “Whaling is a form of spear phishing that attempts to target high-level executives. Las Vegas casinos refer to the big spenders as whales, and casino managers are willing to spend extra time and effort to bring them into their casinos. Similarly, attackers consider high-level executives the whales, and attackers are willing to put in some extra effort to catch a whale because the payoff can be so great. When successful, attackers gain confidential company information that they might not be able to get anywhere else.” (Source: Cybersecurityglossary.com:https://cybersecurityglossary.com/whaling/)

Smishing – “The term “smishing” is a mashup of SMS (short message service) and phishing, which is when fraudsters utilize malware by sending emails which mimic a trustworthy source such as credit card company, financial institution or retailer. Unsuspecting consumers mistakenly open the email and click on the links, allowing the malware to be activated.” (Source: Experian.com: https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/what-is-smishing/)

Vishing – “Vishing is the illegal access of data via voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Vishing is IP telephony’s version of phishing and uses voice messages to steal identities and financial resources. The term is a combination of ‘voice’ and ‘phishing.’” (Source: Techopedia.com: https://www.techopedia.com/definition/4159/vishing)

Catphishing – “’Catphishing’ (also known as ‘sweetheart scams’)—is another emerging threat, one that entails exploiting individuals by targeting them through dating websites.  The term ‘catfish’ has come to signify people who present false information about themselves online.  The term came about after a documentary of the same name came out in 2010 on long-term online relationships.” (Source: IACPCybercenter.org:https://www.iacpcybercenter.org/catphishing/)

Sound familiar? You might not have known the name of the scam, but these sorts of attacks are on the rise. We will be focusing more on ways to protect yourself throughout the month. And BEWARE of the PHISHermen! You never know when you might be a target!