June 2017

Yet Another Ransomware Attack

Tuesday saw a second major malware attack in as many months, affecting several countries, dozens of major companies, and thousands of machines.  And nobody believes it will get better any time soon.

If this malware attack sounds like last month's WannaCry ransomware attack, that's because it is.  Just like WannaCry, cyber ambush uses the same backdoor exploit developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, an exploit known as EternalBlue, which malware programmers have modified so that it not only spreads and infects computers, it also encrypts the data on vulnerable

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Tutorial: Embedding UT Box "Widgets" into Qualtrics Forms

The University offers a range of tools for accomplishing tasks through the web.  In today's blog post we are going to briefly describe how Qualtrics and UT Box can be used together to accomplish file uploading with form submission.

Qualtrics is a web-form service that allows researchers and others to create simple or complex web forms to collect user input, often in the form of surveys.  The input is stored and can be emailed to the form owners upon completion.  However, one

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Out-Of-Office Message Security Issues

Many people love the idea of using an electronic out-of-office notification message when they are away from the office.  These automated messages are great for letting colleagues, vendors, and friends know that you're out and won't be able to respond.  Conveniently, you can add to your message the the start and end dates of your vacation, a way for people to get hold of you in an emergency, or how to contact your boss or co-worker for emergencies. Even maybe make your callers jealous by telling them exactly where you are and what you are doing. Sounds great, right?


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Print Selections of Office Documents

Today we present a quick tip that I've found useful.  Not only does it save paper and ink, it can also make your life easier when, for example, you're printing large spreadsheets.

This tip applies to both the Microsoft Office Suite and to the OpenOffice/LibreOffice Suite.  It even works in other Windows programs like Internet Explorer and Outlook.

Often, you want to print only a portion of a document (say, only this 6 first cells of a spreadsheet, or a single paragraph of a document).  You can easily do so by using your mouse to highlight the area of the document

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CNS Instrumentation Networks

To do their research, many researchers have instruments like microscopes, oscilloscopes, MRI machines, Mass Spectrometer machines, weather stations, etc.  Since these devices capture data, the researchers who use them need ways to move that data off the devices and onto other machines where the data can be collected and analyzed.  The network is usually the easiest and most convenient way to ship the data.  But putting the data-generating instruments on the network, exposed to the whole world, is dangerous.  

Such devices on public IP addresses are are hard

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