UAB Information Security recently discovered a new spam campaign where users are tricked into opening an email attachment that contains a virus aimed at stealing passwords and financial information.  As with any suspicious email messages you may receive, please report them to askit@uab.edu for inspection.

The recent spam email messages are crafted to look like they came from one of several legitimate companies such as Chase Bank, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Department of Treasury, Dun & Bradstreet Financial Services or a wire transfer company. You should be aware that these emails are forged and that none of the information included in the email can be trusted including embedded links, e-mail addresses or phone numbers.

Here are some of the common email subject lines we have seen in this spam campaign:

•  FW: Company 2013 Report

•  Incoming Wire Transfer Notification

•  D&B iUpdate: Company Order Requested

•  Department of Treasury Notice of Outstanding Obligation – Case ######

•  Better Business Bureau Complaint Case #######

•  Merchant Billing Statement

•  ACTION REQUIRED: A document has arrived for your review/approval (Document Flow Manager)

Dreamspark

Microsoft Dreamspark Premium is now available to all UAB STEM programs at no cost. The Dreamspark program supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes for faculty & students engaged in a STEM program (science, technology, engineering, math). 

For more information and login instructions click here. 

With the change to SAS and SPSS Campus Wide licenses you will no longer receive email renewal notices. However, each product must be updated with a new license key or updated to the newest version each year.  The software and/or license key is free to full-time faculty, staff and students and is available on the IT Software Library page at https://wwwsd.it.uab.edu/sdwnld. The licenses/subscriptions renew as follows:

SPSS November 30th of every year. 

SAS September 30th but with a 90 day grace period will cease to function on December 31st

Upgrades (to the latest version) and/or renewal (of the previous version) will be available on the IT Software Library page by October 30th of every year.

If you have any questions regarding this renewal and/or software, please go online to www.uab.edu/askit and submit your question(s) or request.

On November 28th, the UAB Campus, Hospital and Pediatrics email directories will be synchronized.  This will greatly enhance individual Email address lookup, and sharing of Calendar Free/Busy information.

The directories of the three UAB email systems:

   * UAB Campus (addresses ending with @uab.edu)

   * Hospital (addresses ending with @uabmc.edu)

   * Pediatrics (addresses ending with @peds.uab.edu)

will be exchanging information so that users of any of these systems can more easily email everyone in the UAB community regardless of which system they use.  Additionally, users should be able to see free-busy calendar information for everyone in the UAB community in their calendar program.

Supported systems include Microsoft Outlook (Windows, OS X), smartphones using ActiveSync (including iPhone, iPad, and Android devices), Mail and Calendar programs on OS X, and the Microsoft Outlook Web Access web client hosted by each mail system (the UAB version is at https://mail.ad.uab.edu).

Users having a mailbox in only one of the above systems will not need to make any changes.  Users having mailboxes in multiple systems will be asked to consolidate into one mailbox or work through an exception process.   Consolidation is underway and users needing to consolidate are being contacted.  One exception case is those Hospital or Pediatrics employees who are also students wishing to separate their work and student emails.

Those using the UAB Campus mail system will notice that phone numbers will now show standardized 10-digit telephone numbers making it easier to call campus telephone numbers from off-campus and when using supported smart phones.

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