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04/01/2021
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Brown U. detects cybersecurity threat

Brown University is taking “aggressive steps” this week to protect its networks after detecting a cybersecurity threat, the school’s chief information officer announced in a campus-wide alert on Tuesday. The threat, which CIO and chief digital officer Bill Thirsk described only as “a cybersecurity threat to the University’s Microsoft Windows-based technology infrastructure,” prompted staff to shut down connections to the university’s central data center “and systems within it,” Thirsk wrote. Colin Wood has more.


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Phishing scams target .edu accounts

As tax season heats up, so do attempts by cybercriminals to lure university students and staff to open malicious emails designed to look like materials from the Internal Revenue Service, the agency warned this week. One ongoing scam attempt, the IRS said, involves luring recipients of the phony emails — which contain subject lines like “Tax Refund Payment” or”Recalculation of your tax refund payment” — to a website that asks for a broad set of personally identifiable information. Benjamin Freed has the full story on EdScoop.


Texas students use VR to prepare for career paths

A community college in rural Texas this week released results of recent pilot studies showing that virtual reality is an effective tool at helping junior high and high school students select a career path. College administrators said surveys given before and after VR showed the simulations dramatically boosted the confidence students had with their career options after high school. Colin reports.


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