A series of phishing emails, some with malicious attachments, have been reported. Samples are shown below.
Please DO NOT click on any links or open any attachments, or reply to the message. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.
If you have already opened the attachment, you should contact your IT Administrator immediately! If you don't know who your IT Administrator is, contact the IT Service Desk.
Whether you're using a public computer at McGill, a cafe, library, hotel, or even left your own laptop unattended for a short period of time, you should always inspect it to ensure that no keylogger devices have been attached. A keylogger is a tiny device that logs every key you press on your keyboard. It can capture personal messages, passwords, credit card numbers, and everything else you type.
A series of fraudulent emails containing malware attachments have been reported that use a different variations of a subject related to an order/invoice, for example "Invoice <random set of numbers>", "Order Status #xxxxxxx" or "Notification from XXXX". A sample of one of the emails is shown below.
The latest versions of McGill-provided FREE antivirus software, Trend Micro Internet Security 10 for Windows & Antivirus for Mac 2016 are now available.
If your personal computer/laptop isn’t already protected by antivirus software (or you’re using an older version), we urge you to install one of the new versions without delay!
All McGill University full-time faculty, staff, and students can download and install Trend Micro antivirus software for use on their personal computers.
There is currently a virus infecting computers via email attachments. In the latest fraud reported at McGill, the subject of the email is You have received a voice mail, and the attachment contains the virus.
If you receive any emails containing .ZIP file attachments, DO NOT open them.
Benjamiin Fung (Information Studies) will give this year's final DH work in progress talk.
An email is currently circulating with a password-protected .ZIP file as an attachment. A sample of this email is shown below.
Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.
Due to the continued threat of Cryptolocker and other similar malware infecting computers on campus, all email messages containing .zip attachments with an executable (.exe) file will be flagged as spam and quarantined by the Anti-Spam Service. Emails that are quarantined are not delivered to your Inbox.
Update - Friday, Oct 11, 2013:
To prevent the spread of CryptoLocker virus and other malware, McGill IT is quarantining all .ZIP attachments that contain .EXE files.
IT Services is now offering a new antivirus and online threat protection software: Titanium Internet Security for Mac, available for all Mac operating systems from OS X 10.5.8 and up. This includes the latest version of Mac OS X 10.8.
In addition to basic features such as protection from viruses, spyware, and malware, it can protect you from phishing scams, block / warn you about unsafe websites or links, and has customizable parental controls so you can restrict children’s Internet access.