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Phishing email targeting McGill Faculty, subject: "New Library Resources for Faculty Members"

A phishing attempt is circulating with the Subject line: "New Library Resources for Faculty Members ", and Sender: "library@mcgill.ca". A sample email is shown below.   Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

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Published on : 10 Dec 2013

Warning: Phishing email targeting McGill Faculty members

A phishing attempt is circulating with the Subject line: "Annually Evaluation of  Faculty Members", and is sent on behalf of "Stephen Strople, Mr.". A sample email is shown below.   Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

Classified as : Staff, Faculty, External, phishing
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Published on : 03 Dec 2013

New Search Functionality in McGill’s Web Management System

The search functionality on McGill websites has been improved. Previously, you would have to first choose whether you wanted to search the local site or expand your search to include all McGill sites. Now you can enter your search term once at the top of the web page, and you will be presented with a single page with two tabs : one containing matches within the local site and a “McGill” tab containing matches found within all McGill sites.

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Published on : 20 Nov 2013

Warning: Phishing email targeting McGill Library users

A phishing attempt is circulating with the Subject line: "New Library System", and Sender: "McGill University Library". A sample email is shown below.  

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Published on : 14 Nov 2013

Warning: Phishing email with password protected zip file circulating

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.

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Published on : 12 Nov 2013

IT Services enhances classroom AV support

In Fall 2013, IT Services changed its approach to providing technological support to classrooms with the goal of improving the efficacy of our service. We now are able to dispatch 25 additional technicians (21 downtown and 4 at Macdonald campus), from 10 different locations (as opposed to one location on the downtown campus), to provide live assistance when the problem is not solvable through a telephone consultation.

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Published on : 08 Nov 2013

Antivirus Software Update: Trend Titanium Internet Security 2014

Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2014 is now available for Windows and Mac, for home use. This antivirus software is provided by McGill, free for full-time students, faculty and staff to install on their personal computers. Find information and instructions at: http://kb.mcgill.ca/it/antivirus  

Classified as : Staff, Faculty, Students, Antivirus
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Published on : 30 Oct 2013

Warning: Phishing email with subject "WEBMAIL ACCOUNT UPDATE"

An email is currently circulating with the subject: "WEBMAIL ACCOUNT UPDATE". A sample of this email is shown below.   Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

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Published on : 29 Oct 2013

Change to Application/Renewal for McGill Username & Email for Affiliates process

In the past, non-McGill Staff who needed to access McGill IT Services had to print out a .pdf or .rtf form (Application/Renewal for McGill Username Credentials) and then email, fax, or mail it to IT Services.  This paper form has been replaced with an online form, Application/Renewal for McGill Username & Email for affiliates. The form must be filled out by a McGill employee who is acting as sponsor for the affiliate.  For more information, see:

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Published on : 17 Oct 2013

McGill email: .zip attachments containing .exe files will be quarantined

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.

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Published on : 11 Oct 2013

IT Security Alert: Financial Aid Email Phishing Scam

A phishing attempt is circulating, with the Subject line: "Apply for Financial Aids", and Sender: "student.aid@mcgill.ca". A sample email is shown below.   Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

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Published on : 10 Oct 2013

Warning: CryptoLocker Virus infecting computers

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.

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Published on : 10 Oct 2013

Warning: Scam email entitled "Annual Form ..." contains virus attachment

An email is currently circulating with the subject: "Annual Form - Authorization to Use Privately Owned Vehicle on State Business" .  This message contains an attached .ZIP file that contains a virus.  If you receive this message, please delete it immediately.  DO NOT open the attachment!

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Published on : 10 Oct 2013

uApply launched for graduate applicants for Fall 2014 term

We are pleased to announce that uApply launched for graduate applicants for the Fall 2014 term today, Tuesday, October 1st at 9 a.m. The new application is working well and will facilitate a smooth application process for prospective McGill students; however, during the testing phase of the latest version of uApply some issues were discovered affecting the system’s administrative functionality. At present the following uApply features are unavailable: Modify the admissions checklist of an applicant (ex: Add/remove document requirement

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Published on : 01 Oct 2013

Web Management System upgrade coming Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

McGill IT Services introduced the Drupal-based Web Management System (WMS) about 2 ½ years ago, giving us a cleaner, more modern and better structured system to support our 650+ websites. Over the next few months we will be upgrading the software that runs our websites to Drupal version 7 so we can benefit from advances made by the Drupal open source community.

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Published on : 12 Sep 2013