Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Extortion emails incoming!

Please be aware that extortion emails that include a hacked password are being reported. These messages will use the subject line to catch your attention by including your username along with a hacked password.
The extortion message follows a template.
I do know blahblahpassword is your password. Lets get directly to the point. You do not know me and you're most likely thinking why you're getting this mail? None has paid me to check about you.
Well, I setup a software on the porn site and do you know what, you visited this site to have fun (you know what I mean). When you were viewing videos, your web browser began functioning as a Remote Desktop that has a keylogger which provided me accessibility to your screen and web cam. Just after that, my software obtained all your contacts from your Messenger, social networks, and email.
You have just two choices. Let us read these types of options in particulars:
Very first solution is to skip this message. In this case, I most certainly will send your very own video clip to almost all of your contacts and thus just think concerning the disgrace you will get. Moreover if you happen to be in a relationship, exactly how it is going to affect?
Second alternative will be to give me $7000. I will think of it as a donation. As a consequence, I most certainly will quickly discard your video footage. You could resume your daily life like this never occurred and you surely will never hear back again from me.
You will make the payment through Bitcoin (if you don't know this, search "how to buy bitcoin" in Google search engine).
Should you are planning on going to the cop, anyway, this email message can not be traced back to me. I have covered my actions. I am just not looking to charge a fee so much, I just want to be compensated. You have one day in order to make the payment. I've a unique pixel within this mail, and now I know that you have read this email message. If I do not receive the BitCoins, I will certainly send your video to all of your contacts including close relatives, colleagues, and so on. Nonetheless, if I receive the payment, I'll destroy the recording right away. If you need evidence, reply Yea and I will certainly send your video to your 7 contacts. It is a non-negotiable offer, therefore please do not waste my personal time & yours by responding to this email.

By including a valid password, the extortionist aims to establish legitimacy. A few of the details are technically possible such as an RDP attack or recording from the webcam.
If the extortionist had done any of this then, they would name the specific porn site or provide images from the webcam.
If you receive this message, please do the following:
  • immediately change your password for any site where you used the hacked password;
  • send its@manhattan.edu the extortion message including the full headers using these directions;
  • and, sign up for data breach notifications at haveibeenpwned.com by clicking the "Notify me" link at the top of the page.
Additionally if you receive this type of message you can report it to the FBI using Internet Crime Complaint Center website.
Thankfully, this is appears to be an automated message using email addresses and hacked passwords. But if the extortionists were assiduous then, they would include pictures from social media accounts or from friends' social media accounts.
Sextortion is a horrible crime. The FBI's sextortion news page shows a sample of how awful it can be. If a loved one is a victim of sextortion please report it to the FBI 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

Monday, July 23, 2018

Google Collaboration Challenge Follow up

Congratulations to all who participated in the Google Collaboration Challenge and took the opportunity to improve their Google skills!  We hope the information presented will allow for the community to be even more productive in your work.
If you missed the Google Collaboration Challenge, but would still like to take advantage of the tips and techniques offered and earn a Credly Digital Badge for completion of the course - no worries! The ITS Training Department has turned the 8 week Google Collaboration Challenge into an online Moodle course. The Google Collaboration Challenge link will take you to the online Moodle course.
You will have to self enroll in the course.

Upon successful completion of the course you are eligible to be awarded the #GSuiteCollab Credly Digital Badge.  A digital badge is a way to communicate and track achievement, they make your credentials portable and your skills more visible.  You can put the Digital Badge on your resume or link to your LinkedIn account. These badges or digital certificates, are issued by Manhattan College and they do not expire.

Please contact Anita McCarthy, ITS Training Coordinator: amccarthy01@manhattan.edu with any questions regarding the Google Collaboration Challenge and the accompanying Credly digital badge.

Classroom Technology Updates

ITS is in the process of several summer upgrade projects we wish to share.
Upgrading Technology
This summer ITS is upgrading the wireless presentation systems in 15 classrooms, and we are using
this opportunity to move to a hardware design which allows more devices to connect:
Our goal of improving classroom presentation technology has led us to an improved wireless
presentation system in our classrooms:  AirPlay Version 2 (Powered by Kramer Via Go) will allow
instructors and students to connect and present to a main display via any laptop or mobile device and
edit documents and stream video.  
In order to make the transition to this new system more seamless, we decided to stick with the AirPlay
branding that the Manhattan College community has become familiar with over the past few years to
be synonymous with our wireless presentation system.  
The Kramer VIA GO is set up in the following classrooms:
De LaSalle  307 & 312,
Hayden  201 & 202,
Miguel 304, 305, 306, 307, 308 & 314  
Leo 102, 242,  259, 330 & 333
The Charter Room Jamboard has been replaced with a 65” inch HD TV on a stand and the Kramer VIA GO
wireless presentation system.  In addition, Chromebox for Meetings has been installed in the Charter Room.

For more details please review: 
Kramer VIA GO Quick Start Guide KBA  and Crestron Control Unit with Kramer VIA GO KBA
Documentation is being prepared and will be placed in rooms and communicated out in the coming weeks.

If you need support please call the ITS Helpdesk, 718-862-7973 or email its@manhattan.edu

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Google Summer Collaboration Challenge Week 8

Converting Google Apps Files to PDF for Web Print

To download your Google Doc, Sheets, Slides document as a Portable Document Format file (PDF) so it can be printed using Web Print at Manhattan College, select File > Download as and select PDF.

Image depicting how to convert a Google Doc to PDF

For more information on converting to Google App files to PDF, please see this link: Converting Google App files to PDF

Please see this Knowledge Base Article for instructions on printing wirelessly at Manhattan College using Web Print.

Windows: Converting to PDF in Microsoft Office

To convert a Word Doc to PDF using Microsoft Word on Windows: Select File > Export > Create PDF/XPS Document and select the Create PDF/XPS Document button.

To convert a Powerpoint to PDF using Microsoft Powerpoint on Windows: Select File > Export > Create PDF/XPS Document and select the Create PDF/XPS Document button.

To convert an Excel spreadsheet to PDF using Microsoft Excel on Windows: Select: File > Export > Create PDF/XPS Document and select the Create PDF/XPS Document button.

For more information on converting to Office files to PDF on Windows, please see this link: Converting Microsoft Office files to PDF on Windows

MacOS: Converting to PDF in Microsoft Office

To convert a Word, Powerpoint, and Excel file as a PDF in Office for Mac:
Select File > Save As
Besides File Format you will specify PDF as the File Format that you would like to export to. When you are finished, select Export.

For more information on converting to Office files to PDF on MacOS, please see this link: Converting Microsoft Office files to PDF on MacOS

Assignment: Create a Google Doc and convert it to PDF.

Extra Credit: Print that document using Web Print on campus.

Once you complete reviewing the materials from the last week of the Google Collaboration Challenge take a few minutes to answer these questions: Week 8 Google Drive Questionnaire

Thank you for participating!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Google Drive Issue When Attempting to Move File Between Folders

Issue Resolved as of 7/12/18 12:16PM

Google is aware of an issue where you receive a blank screen when trying to move files within folders in Google Drive.  They are working on the issue.  This issue has not yet hit the G Suite Dashboard, but you can check for updates there.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

RESOLVED; 10:07-10-July-2018-Kelly Commons - No Internet Connectivity

RESOLVED; 10:07-10-July-2018

Internet connectivity has been returned to normal.



ITS is troubleshooting an issue affecting internet connectivity in the Kelly Commons building.

We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and will further update this post as new information come in.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Google Summer Collaboration Challenge Week 7

Gif depicting the use of Google Forms as a survey tool

Google Forms

Google Forms is a useful feature that allows you to manage event registrations, create a quick opinion poll, and much more. With Google Forms, you can create and analyze surveys right in your mobile or web browser—no special software required. You get instant results as they come in. And, you can summarize survey results at a glance with charts and graphs.

Getting Started with Google Forms

To get started, head to forms.google.com and select Blank. This will provide you with an empty canvas that you can begin to fill with questions. Note that you have many templates that you can choose from. For further instructions, please complete this tutorial for creating a Google Form.

When responses are submitted, you will be sent an email notifying you that someone has completed your Form. You also have the ability with Google Forms to organize responses into a Google Sheets. This is especially useful when analyzing responses.

Assignment: Following the instructions in the tutorial, create a Google Form survey asking for a name and five multiple choice questions and have a friend take the survey.

Extra Credit: Have their name and responses sent to a Google Sheets.

Once you complete reviewing the materials from the seventh week of the Google Collaboration Challenge take a few minutes to answer these questions: Week 7 Google Drive Questionnaire

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Google Summer Collaboration Challenge Week 6

Conferencing Options with Google Calendar

Manhattan College users have the option to add conferencing options to Calendar Events. When creating an event in Google Calendar, make sure to set the conferencing option to Hangouts Meet. This will associate a meeting code with that event, allowing you and other people to join a conference using the invitation sent to them or the meeting code. Note that with G Suite for Education, you can have up to 25 people simultaneously connected to the meeting.

A image depicting where to enter your meeting name, date and time, guests, and video meeting details

Please review this tutorial on how to get started with Hangouts Meets

Hangouts Meet Dial In Option

A feature that was recently added is the option for Dialing into a Hangouts Meet via telephone. When a calendar event is created with the Hangouts Meet conferencing option selected, the Dial In option will automatically be enabled. Along with the meeting code, you will also find a telephone number and pin number, which will be used to enter a video conference using only a telephone. This is especially useful when you’re away from your computer, like if you're commuting or don't have a data connection, and you need to call into your Meetings while on the go.

Note that this dial-in feature uses an international phone number, which allows meeting participants in other countries to join the meeting.

Please this article for more information about Hangouts Meet with Dial In Option.

Assignment: Create an event with the Hangouts Meet conferencing option and join the meeting and invite a friend to join using the dial in option.

Once you complete reviewing the materials from the sixth week of the Google Collaboration Challenge take a few minutes to answer these questions: Week 6 Google Drive Questionnaire