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South Africa’s biggest data breach and what to do about it

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 - 10:05 am - IT Communications

On or around 18 October South Africa was hit by the largest data breach in its history. The ID numbers, names, gender, ethnicity, home ownership, contact information & estimated income of 30 million South Africans were leaked online from a compromised website somewhere in South Africa. The fact that the actual breach occurred in April […]

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Data Carpentry workshop: 6 – 8 November

Friday, October 13th, 2017 - 10:02 am - IT Communications

The SU Library and Information Service in cooperation with the SU Information Technology Division are hosting a Data Carpentry workshop on 6 – 8 November. The ever-increasing digital nature of research requires researchers, postgraduate students, and research-support staff to equip themselves with the skills to create, manipulate and manage data in digital format. Data Carpentry workshops […]

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PHISHING: Confirm your email account”

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 - 10:01 am - IT Communications

The latest phishing attempt uses a rather obtuse message about “confirming your email account” to prevent a shutdown of your account. It also used your email address in the salutation, which might fool some people, thinking it is genuine. Information Technology would never send out an email like this, lacking personal salutations, direct contact via […]

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PHISHING: ABSA account statement

Monday, October 9th, 2017 - 2:55 pm - IT Communications

Please be wary of receiving so-called “Bank Account Statements” or alleged payment/transaction notifications that arrive in your mailbox from one of South Africa’s banks. In most cases, they are phishing scams designed to fool you into willingly giving the criminals your bank account details and password/PIN code. The warning signs are obvious, but the amount […]

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A few steps closer

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 - 3:27 pm - IT Communications

Up to now, the IT HUB has mainly been a central point for students to have their tech-related problems sorted out. However, since the main IT building moved further away from campus two years ago, many of our clients felt that the offices are too far away or inaccessible to visit.  We are happy to […]

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