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CITS Security Advisory Alert: "Gooligan" attacks on Android devices

CITS has been alerted to a new and spreading attack campaign, named "Gooligan".

More than 1.3 million Google accounts around the world have been breached in a global security vulnerability on Android devices (Android 4 and 5) that experts claim that could attack 74% of all Android devices worldwide.

Further information on "Gooligan" can be found in the ABC's article, Gooligan: Android phones targeted in global hack; emails, photos accessible to attackers.

CITS Security recommendations are:


  1. Check if the email account associated with their Android device has been compromised using the Gooligan Checker
  2. If your account has been breached, the following steps are required:
    • A clean installation of an operating system on your mobile device is required. It is recommend turning off the device and requesting to the mobile service provider, that the device is "re-flashed." (overwrite the memory with a previous backup, and update SO)
    • Change your Google account passwords immediately after this process.
    • Change the password of any account or service that used the same combination (password and email account) (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Curtin login, Bank login, etc.).
    • Use the validation apps for Android to scan your apps for malware and before the apps can be installed in the device. Read Protect against harmful apps Google article for more information
    • Activate the 2-Step authentication in your account. These instructions can be found on Google's 2-Step Verification webpage
    • Download apps only from Google Play rather than unknown sources.
 


World's Greatest Shave at Curtin: Be brave and shave - or simply colour!

Today, 34 Australians will be given the devastating news that they have leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, and they'll turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help.

Join Curtin’s team and either shave or colour your hair to raise our target of $35,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation on Thursday 23 March, 2017.

Join our team now and you can be in the running to WIN a range of prizes!

To join up, shave or colour, or donate, visit Curtin's World's Greatest Shave webpage and then contact Team Leader Maureen Meredith at m.meredith@curtin.edu.au to book a time.

Hairdressers from Fringe Benefits will shave or colour participants' hair outside Hayman Hall, bld 102.

Consider helping other people who are doing it tough!  


Volunteers needed: Survey for migrant well-being for people with a Chinese background

Researchers at School of Psychology and Speech Pathology are conducting a survey to understand how people with a Chinese background can achieve a better well- being in the Western context.

Participation will involve completing an online survey which takes less than 20 min. The questions included in the survey are in English.

The participants can enter a draw to win 1 of the 5 Coles/Myer vouchers as a thank you for their time.

Full competition Terms & Conditions are available.

For more information contact Alice Farcas via alice.farcas@postgrad.curtin.edu.au or via Facebook.  


Results release process for Semester Two results

Semester 2 and Trimester 3 2016 results will be released through OASIS, as follows:


If you have any questions about your results, please contact your Student Service Office for assistance. If you have questions about the process, please contact OASIS Central.



Remember to ensure you have cleared all sanctions before the release, or you may not be able to see your results! Processing of payments may take up to 3 days, which will delay the lifting of sanctions and access to your results.

 


Domestic Undergraduate Course Switcher applications closing date extended for Semester 1, 2017

The Semester 1, 2017 Domestic Undergraduate Course Switcher Applications closing date has been extended to Friday 10 February for selected courses. Further information can be found on the Application Deadlines page.

To see if you're eligible for course switching, please check our Course Switcher Criteria.

Apply online using the Curtin course finder before the relevant application deadlines.  


Scholarships for 2017 now open for application

Did you know scholarships aren't just for new students? Start searching and applying for Current student scholarships for 2017 now!

Scholarships are part of Curtin's commitment to rewarding academic excellence and enabling students from all backgrounds to realise their potential.

For more information, see the Scholarships website, or browse the scholarships for Domestic or International students. You can also sign up for the Scholarships Alert to have the scholarships come to you!  


Emergency Management Bulletin - Total fire bans & important information for fire season

Emergency WA Website Launch
A new multi-hazard Emergency WA website has recently been launched by the WA State government to allow better public access to emergency information and community safety warnings.

The new easy-to-use site will deliver a live feed of emergency incidents reported to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

It will also include critical warnings about fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, cyclones and hazardous material incidents. This includes warnings and prescribed burns information from DFES, local governments and the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

The new map-based home page with search and filter options will make it easier to find warnings relevant to your location on mobile phones and other digital devices.

Total Fire Bans
A Total Fire Ban (TFB) is declared because of extreme weather conditions or when widespread fires are seriously stretching firefighting resources. A TFB is declared by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) following consultation with local governments.

When a TFB is declared it prohibits the lighting of any fires in the open air and any other activities that may start a fire.

The ban includes all open air fires for the purpose of cooking or camping. It also includes incinerators, welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting.

When declared, Total Fire Bans are in place for the whole day, from midnight to midnight. They may be revoked during the day if the forecast weather does not eventuate or if weather conditions ease.

WARNING: You could be fined up to $25,000 and/or jailed for 12 months, if you breach a Total Fire Ban. Exemptions may be allowed for some industries and activities with conditions applied.

For more information download the Total Fire Bans Fact Sheet or check the DFES website.

If you have any queries, please contact Emergency Management at Curtin or call the HSEM Department on (08) 9266 4900.  


Looking for Student Wellbeing or Housing Services?

Building 103 at the Bentley Campus is getting a facelift! If you need to access the Student Wellbeing Advisory Service or Housing Services, just head to the western end of Building 103, where you’ll find the new temporary entrance facing the Guild main cafeteria.

Just look out for the signs!

Student Wellbeing Advisory Service
The Student Wellbeing Advisory Service is free and confidential. They can assist with a whole range of things including:

You can also still contact Student Wellbeing at studentwellbeing@curtin.edu.au, via phone on 1800 244 043, or +61 8 9266 2662 from overseas.

Visit the Student Wellbeing webpage for more information.

Housing Services
Housing Services provides tenancy advice to Curtin Students and staff as well as advice on accommodation options. They can assist with any questions you might have around:

You can also still contact Housing Services at housing@vc.curtin.edu.au, or via phone on +61 8 9266 4430.

Visit the Housing Services webpage for more information.

Important note: In the event of emergency, especially if any person is in danger, call the Police on 000.