Today at Berkeley Lab

Update on Shellshock and Poodle Cyber Security Vulnerabilities

The Shellshock bug remains a priority for Cyber Security, which is assisting owners of affected systems and blocking attacks. Staff should patch all Linux, UNIX, and OS X systems for Shellshock. The current assessment of the Poodle SSL vulnerability shows limited risk, but is being monitored. Visit go.lbl.gov/shellshock and go.lbl.gov/poodle for more details.

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Shellshock Vulnerability Requires Immediate Computer Updates

A recently announced, critical vulnerability in the Bash shell can affect Linux, UNIX and Mac OS X operating systems. Because of the severity of this vulnerability, immediate patching is required. Visit go.lbl.gov/shellshock to learn more about the issue and to get the Lab’s recommendations for how to protect your systems from being exploited by this serious bug.

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Best Practices for Password Safety From Cyber Security

Several large-scale password breaches made the news recently. No Lab accounts were affected, but it is a good reminder to review password best practices. Don’t use your Lab passwords anywhere else. Use unique passwords on every website. Always use strong passwords (get tips here). The Lab offers a free password manager called 1Password.

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Registration Open for Sept. 10 LabTech Conference

LabTech — the Lab’s annual computing conference produced for and by staff — includes morning seminars, keynote address, afternoon lightning rounds, demonstration tables, lunch, snacks, and more. Sessions cover topics ranging from scientific computing and data management, to collaboration and productivity. More>

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Windows XP Computers Must Be Upgraded by Sept. 1

Beginning Sept 1, Windows XP and Windows 2000 computers will be immediately blocked from network access due to vulnerability to online threats. More>

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Matt Perry Named New CUCSA Delegate for the Lab

IT Deputy of Operations to Serve on Council of UC Staff Assemblies. More>

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IT Offers Advanced Arduino Workshops on June 24

Classes offered from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. in Perseverance Hall. More>

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Voicemail Outage This Evening

This evening (May 14), the Lab’s voice mail system will be unavailable from 5:30 until 8 p.m. for system maintenance. During this time, voice mail messages will be unavailable and callers will be unable to leave a message. Outgoing and incoming calls will not be impacted. Outage information for all IT services may be found on it.lbl.gov.

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IT Division Shows Second Graders What’s Inside Computers

The second graders from Berkeley’s LeConte Elementary School were back on the hill this week, taking computers and keyboards apart with screwdrivers, using iPad apps to learn programming, and playing games with spinning dinosaurs to learn about networking. This is the fifth year the IT Division has hosted this successful outreach program, introducing kids to the world of science and computer science. To support LeConte and other Berkeley schools dine at a participating restaurant onTuesday, May 13.

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Lab Partners With Software Carpentry For Coding Bootcamp for Women

Working with the group Software Carpentry, whose mission is to teach researchers basic lab skills for scientific computing, the Lab’s IT Division held a software bootcamp for Women in Science and Engineering. More than 150 women, mostly grad students and postdocs and some from industry, attended the two-day session at the Lab this week, learning about Python, SQL, Git and other software tools that can help them become more productive in their research. Afterwards, the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education hosted a reception to reach out to participants about internship and other educational opportunities offered by the Lab.

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