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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.

Students / Home users: If your computer is infected with the CryptoLocker virus, please do not share any files with other users, or upload them to myCourses.

Published: 14Oct2014

Bash security vulnerability

Yesterday, a new security vulnerability, affecting Bash, was announced. The Bash shell, commonly accessed through Command Prompt or the Terminal application, is a part of many Linux, Unix, and Mac systems. Since it has been around for more than two decades, older devices are also vulnerable. If used maliciously, Bash allows an attacker to take over an operating system, access confidential information, make changes, etc.. 

McGill’s IT Services is devoting their full attention to addressing any potential threat this may cause to centrally-managed IT systems.

Published: 25Sep2014

Faculty and Staff: McGill will double your password if you don’t do it first

If you haven’t yet changed your McGill Password, it’s time to get to it.

In October, all faculty and staff members who did not change their password when prompted to earlier this year will have their McGill Password doubled.

Published: 11Sep2014

TrueCrypt users: migrate your data

The development of TrueCrypt ended in May after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. If you currently use TrueCrypt, you should migrate any data encrypted by TrueCrypt to encrypted disks or virtual disk images supported on your platform. Please note that IT Services can only support TrueCrypt and other encryption tools on a best-efforts basis.

Published: 28Aug2014