Alerts

Security Alert
Dec 4, 2013 - 10:42 am

This global spam message contains a malicious virus in the attachment.  Code named “Crypto Locker”, it is already considered to be an historically devastating virus because it holds your computer hostage until you pay a fee.  This latest effort is part of a growing area of computer crime known as “ransom ware”.  If the virus is allowed to run on the computer, it encrypts all of the files, attached USB and backup drives, as well as files on department files shares that may be open. A notice appears indicating what has happened, and demanding payment of various amounts between $100-$500 in order to get the key to unlock the data.  Even when paid, it has been reported that the key does not always work.  Evidence indicates that the encryption can not be undone.

The emails arrive in legitimate-looking formats from companies such as Fedex, UPS, and DHL, and contain a zip attachment in the file under the disguise of a PDF.  Please be on a heightened state of awareness for any such messages that may make it to your inbox, and report them as phishing to Google.  We remind you that you should always be aware and cautious of opening any attachments that you receive.  In addition to these two baseline defenses, having a backup of your files in case of such an attack is the only sure way that you do not experience a complete loss. Your DCC or ITSC can discuss backup options available to you.

Service Degradation
Dec 4, 2013 - 10:42 am

UPDATE: 4:17pm 11/18/2013

As of now, the problem with Wireless Access has been resolved and it should be fully functional. 

If you continue to experience problems with this service, please report them to the Help Desk at (401) 863-4357.  
Thank you for your patience,Computing and Information Service

 

 

 

We are aware of a problem with Wireless Access and are working to identify and resolve the issue.  Functionality that may be impacted by this problem includes: access to Brown wireless network.
We will be posting all updates, including the resolution of the problem, on the alerts section of the IT at Brown homepage at http://www.brown.edu/information-technology - please check regularly for updates.

Service Outage
Nov 15, 2013 - 5:52 pm

The shibboleth DB will be down for maintenance between 6am and 6:30am on Friday 11/15.
Authentication to Shibboleth-based services (including Canvas, Workday, MyAccount, software downloads, and many Library services) will be unavailable for approximately 15 minutes during this timeframe.  If a shibboleth-based authentication session is already open, the session should not be affected.

Service Degradation
Nov 15, 2013 - 5:19 pm

RESOLVED: As of now, the problem with BDMS has been resolved and it should be fully functional.

If you continue to experience problems with this service, please report them to the Help Desk at (401) 863-4357. 

Thank you for your patience,
Computing and Information Services

Service Degradation
Nov 9, 2013 - 10:44 pm

As of now, the problem with Google Email - Brown Gmail has been resolved and it should be fully functional. 
If you continue to experience problems with this service, please report them to the Help Desk at (401) 863-4357.  
Thank you for your patience,Computing and Information Services

Service Outage
Nov 8, 2013 - 4:26 pm

RESOLVED: RemedyWeb Online Ticketing System is now up and running

11/7/2013 4:13We are aware of a problem with RemedyWeb Online Ticketing System and are working to identify and resolve the issue.  Functionality that may be impacted by this problem includes: use of the web-based version of Remedy for making requests and reporting problems for information technology applications and systems.

We will be posting all updates, including the resolution of the problem here- please check regularly for updates.
If you experience problems other than the ones mentioned above, or problems with another service, please report them to the Help Desk at (401) 863-4357.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Service Degradation
Nov 8, 2013 - 4:26 pm

RESOLVED 4:52 pm 11/07/2013

Echo Lecture Capture is now up and running.

Update 3:11 pm 11/07/2013

We are working with the vendor to restore this service and  we will inform you when functionality will return to its normal state.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Update 11AM 11/7/2013

As of 11AM, the replacement of physical hardware is in progress, and we anticipate restoring power to the affected servers within an hour.  Once the equipment is back online, CIS will start to verify the integrity of the underlying data storage.  As we confirm that data is uncorrupted, we will start to bring services back online.

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Update 8:15AM 11/7/2013 

We are currently in the process of replacing the affected hardware, and these services will be unavailable today until this work is completed. We do not yet have an estimated time for restoration of services, but we expect to have an estimate by mid-morning today.

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We are aware of a problem with Lecture Capture - Echo 360 related to a storage hardware failure.  We are working with the vendor to resolve the issue and replace the affected equipment.  Functionality that is impacted by this problem includes: playback of lecture audio, video and/or PowerPoint from the EchoCenter, usually accessed through Canvas or from a link in an email.  

Recording services related to Echo 360 are still functioning; however, you will not be able to review the video until services are fully restored.

If you experience problems other than the ones mentioned above, or problems with another service, please report them to the Help Desk at (401) 863-4357.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Service Outage
Nov 7, 2013 - 4:23 pm

UPDATE: RESOLVED:  11/07 3:04PM

This issue has been resolved.

 

Update 11AM 11/7/2013

As of 11AM, the replacement of physical hardware is in progress, and we anticipate restoring power to the affected servers within an hour.  Once the equipment is back online, CIS will start to verify the integrity of the underlying data storage.  As we confirm that data is uncorrupted, we will start to bring services back online.

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Update 8:15AM 11/7/2013

We are currently in the process of replacing the affected hardware, and these services will be unavailable today until this work is completed. We do not yet have an estimated time for restoration of services, but we expect to have an estimate by mid-morning today.

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We are aware of a problem with  Audio & Video Streaming - Wowza related to a storage hardware failure.  We are working with the vendor to resolve the issue and replace the affected equipment.  Functionality that is  impacted by this problem includes: access to and use of audio and video streaming, including streaming video for Brown events and the viewing of online lectures in EchoCenter.

If you experience problems other than the ones mentioned above, or problems with another service, please report them to the Help Desk at (401) 863-4357.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Service Outage
Nov 7, 2013 - 4:23 pm

UPDATE: RESOLVED  11/07 3:04PM

This issue has been resolved.

 

 

Update 11AM 11/7/2013

As of 11AM, the replacement of physical hardware is in progress, and we anticipate restoring power to the affected servers within an hour.  Once the equipment is back online, CIS will start to verify the integrity of the underlying data storage.  As we confirm that data is uncorrupted, we will start to bring services back online.

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Update 8:15 AM 11/7/2013

We are currently in the process of replacing the affected hardware, and these services will be unavailable today until this work is completed. We do not yet have an estimated time for restoration of services, but we expect to have an estimate by mid-morning today.

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We are aware of a problem with FileMaker Pro Server due to a hardware issue.  We are working with the vendor to resolve the issue and replace the affected equipment.  Functionality that is impacted by this problem includes: access to databases hosted on Brown's FileMaker server, either using FileMaker or via a web site.

If you experience problems other than the ones mentioned above, or problems with another service, please report them to the Help Desk at (401) 863-4357.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Service Degradation
Nov 6, 2013 - 9:09 pm

UPDATE: 10/30 09:56 AM

This issue has been resolved.

UPDATE: 10/30 09:30

At 9:30, wireless service is in the process of being restored; however, services may be unstable as access points come online.  We expect all services to be online shortly.

 

UPDATE: 10/30 09:00

At 9AM, we are aware of wireless issues, and have just resolved issues related to the HostExplorer.brown.edu.  We believe that all wired connectivity issues should be resolved at this time.  

If you experience problems other than wireless or HostExplorer, please report them to the Help Desk at (401) 863-4357

UPDATE: 10/30 08:30

As of 8:30, power has been restored to all affected servers.  We are working to restore services that were disrupted due to the power loss.  We are aware of wireless and network connectivity and routing issues, and are restarting devices that were affected.  Areas on the central portion of campus are most likely to be affected.

UPDATE: 10/30 08:14

A power electrical generator test at Wilson this morning has caused service interruption in network connectivity and wireless services.

We are aware of a problem with Major IT Services Outage and are working to identify and resolve the issue.  Functionality that may be impacted by this problem includes: access to several electronic resources at Brown.

If you experience problems other than the ones mentioned above, or problems with another service, please report them to the Help Desk at (401) 863-4357.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.