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McGill Web System down for maintenance

Wed, 2014-09-24 05:30 - 07:00

IT Services will perform maintenance on the file storage system that is used in conjunction with those websites running on the Drupal version 7 platform. As a result, these websites will be offline on Wednesday, September 24, between 5:30 and 7:00 am.

During this 90-minute period, anyone attempting to access a Drupal 7 site will see a notice saying that the site is temporarily offline and offering direct links to other essential services at McGill.

Site managers and editors will not be able to edit or make changes to the affected sites.

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IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "Library Account Access"

Wed, 2014-09-17 10:24

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "Library Account Access". It contains a link that appears to go to the McGill WebVPN, but it goes to a completely different URL. A sample of the email is shown below.

Please delete this email immediately!

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IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "ITS Helpdesk Admin Notification#"

Wed, 2014-09-10 12:24

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "ITS Helpdesk Admin Notification#". It contains a link that you should not click on. A sample of the email is shown below.

Please 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. If you have already clicked on the link in this email and submitted your personal information, you need to change your McGill Password as soon as possible.

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Students: did you change your McGill Password after Heartbleed?

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:20

If you didn't change your McGill Password after the Heartbleed vulnerability was announced earlier this year, we strongly encourage you to do so. Take advantage of the increased password length and create a more secure McGill Password without delay!

Instead of being restricted to EXACTLY 8 characters in length, you can now create a password that is 8 to 18 characters in length.

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Content Management System (CMS) maintenance

Fri, 2014-09-05 09:00 - 10:30

Please be advised that there will be maintenance on the Content Management System (CenterStage, Webtop & Captiva InputAccel) on Friday, September 5 between 9am and 10:30 am. During this time the system may be slow or it may be unavailable.

Note that parts of the Graduate Admissions System (uApply) rely on the CMS. Therefore application reviewers will not be able to view admissions documents when CMS is down.

We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.

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TrueCrypt users: migrate your data

Thu, 2014-08-28 15:41

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.

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IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "general test speed"

Mon, 2014-08-25 10:47

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "IT" and containing the text "general test speed". It contains a link that appears to go to the IT Knowledge Base, but in fact goes to a completely different URL. A sample of the email is shown below.

Please 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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Electrical shutdown in some rooms/buildings on campus - Thurs. Aug. 21, 11 pm to Fri. Aug. 22, 6am

Thu, 2014-08-21 23:00 - Fri, 2014-08-22 06:00

There will be an electrical shutdown to some rooms in buildings around campus on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 11:00 pm until Friday, August 22 at 6:00 am. This shutdown will affect wired and wireless connectivity. Some rooms will lose connectivity at the start of the shutdown, while others will lose connectivity when the emergency power dies.

Rooms affected: Leacock 150, Arts 103, Dawson Hall 123, Morrice Hall 163, Peterson Hall 165, SSMU 172, Redpath 179 and Redpath 181.

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Bcooltv Streaming Service maintenance Sat. Aug. 23 between 9am & 2pm

Sat, 2014-08-23 09:00 - 14:00

Due to maintenance on the Bcooltv streaming service on Saturday, August 23, 2014, Live-Event Capture and Broadcast AV Streaming will be unavailable from 9am to 2pm. The Lecture Recording Service will be available during this downtime.

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IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "ICT Service Desk"

Tue, 2014-08-19 16:01

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "ICT Service Desk". A sample of the email is shown below.

Please 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. If you have already clicked on the link in this, email and submitted your personal information, you need to change your McGill Password as soon as possible.

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