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Christianah Olojede, junior rehabilitation service major; Megan Taylor, junior rehab counseling major; and Nicoya Parer, senior public health major, work on a group presentation for their counseling class Thursday in the computer lab of Founders Memorial Library.

NIU changing Internet use policy for students

By Kelly Bauer | August 26, 2014

Students don’t have to worry about going without pornography or Twitter: NIU is clearing up its Acceptable Use Policy to make it clear students can access social media, explicit material and other sites without worrying about a firewall or warning signs...

Former NIU police officer Rifkin’s case dismissed

By Felix Sarver | November 27, 2012

The case against Andrew Rifkin, a former NIU police officer who was accused of sexual assault, was dismissed during a hearing on Tuesday. In recent weeks, Rifkin’s attorney, Bruce Brandwein, argued the NIU police failed to provide the DeKalb County...

MyNIU experiencing difficulties, down time

By Joe Palmer | April 5, 2012

The newly minted MyNIU portal is experiencing significant technical difficulties, the symptoms of which first appeared around 11 a.m. Thursday. The ITS web page listed updating warnings of login errors due to high utilization of the system Thursday afternoon....

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Campus online piracy may cause legal penalties for students

By Josh Green | March 7, 2012

At NIU, 200 to 400 students per year are caught pirating materials from the Internet, according to Jim Fatz, Director of Information Security and Operations. According to the ITS Copyright and File Sharing page, if a student uses NIU’s network to download...

NIU still fighting July spam harvesting

By Felix Sarver | September 6, 2011

NIU Information Security & Operations is still preventing the account harvesting spam that began on July 8."It's an ongoing issue," said Jim Fatz, Information Security & Operations director. "It can change on a minute-by-minute basis." Currently,...

Spam found in student’s WebMail accounts is more of a nuisance than a threat.

By Christopher Gibbs | July 18, 2011

DeKALB | Throughout the summer, some NIU students received scholarship and financial aid spam in their Z-ID email accounts.Tanner Bailey, junior political science major, received many emails in his NIU account regarding a $10,000 scholarship before he...

Phishing scam hits NIU student and faculty emails

By Dave Gong | April 12, 2011

DeKALB | On April 1, Epsilon Corporation, a third-party email marketing company, suffered a large security breach during which email addresses were obtained, possibly including a number of NIU student and faculty email addresses. According to a release...

Epsilon Corporation breach causes NIU emails phishing

By Northern Star Staff | April 11, 2011

NIU Information Security and Operations is warning students and faculty about a large-scale security breach into the Epsilon Corporation. The extent is unknown but it appears to be the largest in history, according to a release from ISO Director Jim Fatz....

Internet problems resolved

By Shaun Zinck | January 25, 2011

DeKALB | NIU believes it has found the reason for the Internet problems experienced by students and faculty on Monday. Jim Fatz, director of Information Security and Operations, said the problem occurred when a service provider for NIU changed some of...

Internet problems plague campus through Monday night

By Jessica Sabbah | January 24, 2011

Junior psychology major Lauren Johnson wasn't able to print off her syllabus Monday afternoon because she was unable to connect to the Internet in a campus lab. Like Johnson, some on campus Monday may have noticed Internet connectivity issues. The cause...