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Phishing scam: RE:Account notice

There is a phishing email circulating to users. It advises users that their mailboxes are full and that they must visit a fraudulent website in order to obtain more space and be able to continue to send and receive emails.

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Published on : 23 Sep 2016

Phishing scam: RE: Staff: New Email System Posted today September 21st, 2016

There is a phishing email circulating to users, advising that an email update is in progress and that users must visit a fraudulent website to verify their information.

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Published on : 20 Sep 2016

Phishing scam: Subject: McGill Help Center

There is a phishing email circulating to users, advising that an email update is in progress and that users must visit a fraudulent website to verify their information.

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Published on : 19 Sep 2016

Phishing scam: From McGill comptomised accounts

There is a phishing email circulating from McGill University telling users that their email accounts will be suspended until they visit a fraudulent website. 

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Published on : 06 Sep 2016

Phishing scam: From: McGill University <res.life@mcgill.ca>

There is a phishing email circulating from McGill University telling users that their McGill Webmail account will expire today.

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Published on : 22 Aug 2016

Phishing scam: "Subject: (SCL > 3): New Notification Regarding Your Payroll

There is a phishing email circulating from McGill University saying "You Have 1 New Message Regarding Your New Payroll". An example of the phishing email is below.

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Published on : 22 Aug 2016

Phishing scam: "Subject: (SCL > 3): ALERT!!!"

There is a phishing email circulating from the ICT Service Desk asking users to click on a link to update their webmail.mcgill.ca Web Appls 2016.

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Published on : 04 Aug 2016

The New Spam: Machine learning can be used to write human-like tweets

Phishing messages typically get 5-10% response rates, but a new system has boosted its rate to 40%. John Seymour and Phil Tully, two data scientists from the security company ZeroFOX, presented their system SNAP_R at Black Hat, a Las Vegas conference on cyber-security, on August 4. SNAP_R uses a deep neural net to study a person's past tweets and then mimics that person's writing style using a Markov model, generating a phishing tweet. So far, there is no reason to think that criminals are using a similar system, but Seymour and Tully's work show how it might be done.

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Published on : 05 Aug 2016

Phishing email: "Campus Police Bomb Alert for all Mcgill.Ca"

There is a fraudulent email circulating with the subject: "Campus Police Bomb Alert for all Mcgill.Ca". It contains links to a malicious site that looks identical to the Outlook Web App login page. The URL in the link has been blocked and is now inaccessible from within the McGill network; however recipients off campus must beware.

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Published on : 25 Jul 2016

Phishing scam: "Subject: ICT Technical Support"

There is a phishing email circulating with content relating to the migration of email accounts into "Outlook Web App 2016". It contains the words "ICT Technical Support" and the message requests that the recipient click on a link and log in to migrate.

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Published on : 14 Jul 2016

Changes to McGill’s Anti-Spam Filtering

Due to the increasing prominence of phishing and malware threats, McGill IT Services will be making some changes to the Anti-Spam Filtering Service. On Monday, May 16, 2016, we will lower the threshold of messages that are considered spam and quarantined.  This means, unless you have opted-out of the anti-spam quarantine system, more email messages may be blocked from reaching your Inbox.  We anticipate only about a 1% increase in the number of messages detected as spam.

Classified as : Staff, Faculty, Anti-Spam, phishing
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Published on : 12 May 2016

Security warning: Phishing & malicious attachments

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.

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Published on : 27 Apr 2016

Phishing scam: "Email Alert from: McGill University Admin"

A phishing email has been reported with the subject "Email Alert from: McGill University Admin". It is signed from Web Administrators McGill University, and urges the recipient to click a link to upgrade their email account. A sample of the email is shown below.

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Published on : 20 Apr 2016

Phishing scam sent to University-Elections list: Apple iTunes Mail

A phishing email was sent to the UNIVERSITY-ELECTIONS Listserv. It seems to comes from Apple, and asks the recipient to verify their login information. <<- Click to enlarge sample screenshot.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2016

Phishing scam resurfaced: "Compromised Account"

A phishing email has been reported with the subject "Compromised Account". It is signed from McGill's Information Security (InfoSec) team, and urges the recipient to fill out a form to unlock their account. A sample of the email is shown below.

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Published on : 31 Mar 2016