In late September the Campus IT Security Office began implementing a new security measure which protects the campus from websites that are known to contain malware. Sites that are blocked are often trying to install software on visitor’s computers without their knowledge. The software can range from browser pop-ups to spyware and viruses. Once installed, these viruses are often used to gain access to computers in order to use them to send spam or for other nefarious purposes.
So far this website protection service has been implemented only on the campus wireless network, but the service is already protecting campus network users from thousands of malicious web transactions daily. For instance, in one 24-hour period over 65,900 malicious web transactions were prevented. Of those transactions, 60,000 were browser pop-ups. The other 5,900 were attempts to direct a visitor to a phishing site or to download malicious software such as Trojans or worms.
Plans are being made to rollout the service on wired networks later this semester. If you happen to encounter one of the blocked websites, a message will be displayed explaining why you cannot connect to the website. If you are blocked from visiting a website that you believe has been incorrectly identified as malicious, you should contact the IT Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from a campus phone).