Over the past few months, you may have heard some buzz about the Recruitment to Retirement Program, aka "R2R". This new program will replace the current Banner Human Resources Information System (HRIS) and the Payroll One-Time Payment System (POPS), and will effectively replace much of the functionality employees currently access through Minerva. It's a very wide-reaching program, which will affect every McGill employee when it is deployed.
The telephone issue was resolved at around 1:30 pm.
ORIGINAL MESSAGE: Posted at 9:45 am
There are currently telephone problems in some buildings in the downtown campus.
We thank you for your patience while we investigate the problem.
Recurrence reported November 15, 2017
This same phishing email was reported to the IT Service Desk again. See description below.
Original announcement posted September 28, 2017
There is a phishing email circulating at McGill from eFax Corporation. The email states you have received a fax and prompts you to click on a fraudulent link to view the message. Click on the image to the left to view a larger screenshot. See an example of this phishing message below.
In order to increase the security of McGill’s network, the smtp email server, smtp.mcgill.ca will be blocked starting on November 30, 2017.
If you have set up an email application using IMAP or POP protocols to access your McGill email, or if you are accessing your McGill email through a web-based email service, such as Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail, please ensure the outbound mail server is set to smtp.office365.com to avoid any problems sending email.
A phishing scam is targeting the McGill community, with the subject "You have a message". The example we received says, "You have a message from the Human Resources Department" and asks the recipient to click a link to view the message. There may be other variants of this message, seeming to come from different units within McGill, or with different signatures. Please be on the lookout for similar emails.
Click the screenshot at the left to view a sample of the email.
The issue was resolved at 9:00 am.
Original message posted November 8, 2017, 8:45 am.
Several access points on campus are down and as a result there is no wired or wireless connectivity in these areas.
IT Services is working to resolve the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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There are multiple phishing emails targeting the McGill community, with the subject "Office365 E-mail Verification On The Containment Box"" and signature "IT Help Desk Office of Information Technology." The message contains a link to Validate Email Account. Click the screenshot at the left to view a sample of the message; the text of the message is displayed below.
A vulnerability with WiFi protected access II (WPA2) has been identified. The form of attack has been labeled KRACK (Key Reinstallation AttaCKs).
What does this mean?
Cyber Security is everyone’s business! As such, McGill’s IT Services is offering a number of activities over the coming weeks as an opportunity to help raise awareness about cyber security and the importance of protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of personal data, as well McGill’s information and information assets.
Update - Tuesday, October 10, 2017:
There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community, with the subject "Confirm your account.". The message states that the recipient's account has been locked due to a verification process that is being enforced. To re-activate the account, the recipient is asked to click on a fraudulent link. See an example of this phishing message below.
Last year McGill accepted an offer from Microsoft to move our existing Office 365 content from their U.S. data centers to their newly enabled Canadian data centers. Although using Microsoft's cloud-based data centers in the U.S. did not pose any security concerns, once their Canadian data centers were made available to us, we gladly agreed to move our data to Canadian soil, where we will continue to benefit from robust reliability, security, and privacy of industry standards, such as ISO 27001, ISO 27018, SOC 1 and SOC 2.
There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community, with the subject "The McGill University Update!!". The message states that the recipient's anti-virus expires in 1hr 35mins and asks them to click on a fraudulent link to upgrade their anti-virus. See an example of this phishing message below.