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McGill IT Security Awareness: “Email and Messaging” – this week’s featured module

The SANS Video Library, the latest course offering in the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program, includes a set of short videos and newsletters concerning IT Security.   Check out this week’s featured module: “Email and Messaging”. Register through myCourses. 

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Published on : 18 Jul 2016

McGill IT Security Awareness: “Social Engineering” – this week’s featured module

The SANS Video Library, the latest course offering in the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program, includes a set of short videos and newsletters concerning IT Security.   Check out this week’s featured module: “Social Engineering”. Register through myCourses. 

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Published on : 29 Jun 2016

McGill IT Security Awareness: “You Are the Target” – this week’s featured module

The SANS Video Library, the latest course offering in the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program, includes a set of short videos and newsletters concerning IT Security.   Check out this week’s featured module: “You Are the Target”. Register through myCourses. 

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Published on : 01 Jun 2016

LinkedIn 2012 Security Breach Update

LinkedIn members recently received an email from LinkedIn regarding the developments stemming from the 2012 data breach. This is not a new security breach and affects only LinkedIn passwords that have not been changed since June 2012.   LinkedIn has taken immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of all LinkedIn accounts they believed might be at risk. Refer to the email from LinkedIn for more information.

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Published on : 30 May 2016

McGill IT Security Awareness: “Browsing” – this week’s featured module

The SANS Video Library, the latest course offering in the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program, includes a set of short videos and newsletters concerning IT Security.   Check out this week’s featured module: “Browsing”. Register through myCourses. 

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Published on : 16 May 2016

McGill IT Security Awareness: SANS Video Library now available to all faculty and staff

The newest course in the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program includes a set of short videos and newsletters concerning IT Security.  Register through myCourses. 

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Published on : 06 May 2016

Share your phishing stories with us

Article from the McGill Reporter, posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 “I still don’t know what I clicked on or did. But for months now, people keep complaining about emails they get from me that I didn’t send. With links to strange websites.”

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Published on : 23 Oct 2015

Phishing scam: "Subject: Outlook/Login-Mail"

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line "Outlook/Login-Mail". The message says that some incoming emails are blocked, and that you need to unlock them. A sample of the email is shown below.

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Published on : 01 Jun 2015

Phishing scam: "Subject: Dear mcgill.ca Email User"

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line "Subject: Dear mcgill.ca Email User". The message says that we are updating our email database due to upcoming firewall upgrade and that you need to revalidate your email account to avoid it being deleted. A sample of the email is shown below. Please DO NOT click on the link. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source. It is a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information. McGill never solicits any such information by email.

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Published on : 01 Jun 2015

Phishing scam: "Subject: Your Account will be Temporary Suspended"

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line "Subject: Your Account will be Temporary Suspended". The message says that your mailbox is running out of data storage and will be suspended, and asks you to log on to a fraudulent website to upgrade / add more data space. A sample of the email is shown below.

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Published on : 20 May 2015

Phishing scam: "Subject: RE: Faculty/Staff/ Student"

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line "RE: Faculty/Staff/ Student". The message says that your mail settings are out of date and asks you to log on to a fraudulent website to update your mailbox. A sample of the email is shown below.

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Published on : 12 May 2015

McGill’s phishing expedition

Educating computer users on the consequences of phishing is a challenge, especially since cybercriminals develop more sophisticated-looking emails and schemes every day. We’re all incredibly busy and bombarded with emails; even the most tech-savvy among us have fallen into their trap.Last week, IT Services phished all faculty and staff members of the McGill community. Yesterday, March 11, they did it again. Some people ask why is this necessary? Read the full McGill Reporter article →

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Published on : 12 Mar 2015

It's time for a phishing expedition

Periodically, IT Services will send out mock phishing emails to the McGill community as part of a proactive approach to increase awareness of the dangers of phishing. Users who click on a link in one of these emails will be redirected to a page informing them that they have participated in a phishing awareness exercise, and will be encouraged to learn how to identify and avoid falling victim to these types of scams. Don’t want to wait and risk taking the bait? Sign up now for IT Services’ online Security Awareness training, or read more about spotting phishing scams:

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Published on : 17 Feb 2015

Check it before you click it!

With holidays fast approaching, cybercriminals are taking advantage of people's vacation planning, online shopping, and expected package deliveries. Millions of phishing scam emails are being sent out daily, spoofing trusted brands, retailers, postal services, banks, stores, and more. Many of these emails look legitimate, and it gets harder to tell what's a real email, and what's a scam.

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Published on : 05 Dec 2014

Warning: CryptoLocker Virus is back again - don't open attachments

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.

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Published on : 14 Oct 2014