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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.

Published: 27Apr2016

Using a public computer? Check for keyloggers first!

Whether you're using a public computer at McGill, a cafe, library, hotel, or even left your own laptop unattended for a short period of time, you should always inspect it to ensure that no keylogger devices have been attached. A keylogger is a tiny device that logs every key you press on your keyboard. It can capture personal messages, passwords, credit card numbers, and everything else you type. 

Published: 22Mar2016

Security warning: Spam with possible malicious attachment

A series of fraudulent emails containing malware attachments have been reported that use a different variations of a subject related to an order/invoice, for example "Invoice <random set of numbers>", "Order Status #xxxxxxx" or "Notification from XXXX". A sample of one of the emails is shown below.

Published: 21Mar2016

Antivirus Software: new versions available for Windows & Mac

The latest versions of McGill-provided FREE antivirus software, Trend Micro Internet Security 10 for Windows & Antivirus for Mac 2016 are now available.

If your personal computer/laptop isn’t already protected by antivirus software (or you’re using an older version), we urge you to install one of the new versions without delay!

All McGill University full-time faculty, staff, and students can download and install Trend Micro antivirus software for use on their personal computers.

Published: 20Aug2015

Phishing Scam from "Aircanada.com", Subject: Order #70189189901 successfully - Ticket and flight details

A phishing attempt is circulating purporting to come from Air Canada, with the Subject: " Order #70189189901 successfully - Ticket and flight details". It asks recipients to download and print a ticket, which is really a .zip attachment containing malware. 

Please delete this email immediately! It is fraudulent and links to malware.

Published: 3Dec2014

Email with subject "Internal ONLY" contains malware attachment

A fraudulent email is circulating with the subject line: "Internal ONLY". It has a ZIP file attachment that contains a trojan malware.  

Please DO NOT open the attached ZIP file. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

If you have already opened the attachment, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Published: 13Nov2014

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.

Published: 14Oct2014

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.

Published: 12Nov2013

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.

Published: 11Oct2013

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. See related announcement.

Original announcement - October 10, 2013:
There is currently a virus infecting computers all over the world.  If you receive any emails containing .ZIP file attachments, DO NOT open them.

Published: 10Oct2013