UCL Computer Security Newsletter - Christmas Special 2007
The purpose of this newsletter is to keep all security reps and other
interested parties informed about what is happening around UCL
regarding computer security. Further information from the Computer
Security Team is always available at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cert.
1. Merry Christmas
CST wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year. :)
2. Christmas holidays
Research shows that Christmas holidays are a very popular time for
malicious hackers to attack sites. This is because teenagers have more
time on their hands and technical staff are not around to detect
breaches. For this reason, as well as power consumption reasons, we
strongly advise that all non-essential systems are powered down over the
3. Wireless Access Points
In accordance with UCL policy, all wireless access points must be
registered. There is a web form for departments to register non-RoamNet
Access Points - the form and guidelines can be found at:
Unregistered WAPs may be disconnected by the IS network group without
notice, so please ensure that any active ones are registered to
guarantee their continued use.
Please note all correspondence from the UCL Computer Security Team is
digitally signed either with personal PGP keys or the CERT team key
(public keys available from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cert/contacts.html).
This newsletter and previous ones are available at
We welcome feedback on the content and organisation of documents on
our web page.