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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.

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Published: 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: 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.

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Published: 4 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: 31 Mar 2016

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. 

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Published: 22 Mar 2016

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.

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Published: 21 Mar 2016

Phishing scam: Spam with possible malicious attachment

A phishing email has been reported with the subject "Confirmation #<some random set of numbers>". It urges the recipient to open a possibly malicious attachment. A sample of the email is shown below.

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Published: 18 Mar 2016

Phishing scam: "Web Email Interface Notice"

A phishing email has been reported with the subject "Web Email Interface Notice". It urges the recipient to click a link and then enter email and password details. A sample of the email is shown below.

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Published: 17 Mar 2016

Phishing scam: "Compromised McGill Username and McGill Password"

A phishing email has been reported with the subject "Compromised McGill Username and McGill Password". It urges the recipient to click a link to unlock their account. A sample of the email is shown below.

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Published: 9 Mar 2016

Phishing scam: "WELCOME TO MCGILL UNIVERSITY - ONLINE SERVICES"

A phishing email has been reported with the subject "WELCOME TO MCGILL UNIVERSITY - ONLINE SERVICES". It 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: 29 Feb 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: 23 Feb 2016

Mac users: Trend Antivirus license extended till December 31, 2016

If you have Trend Antivirus for Mac, you may have noticed a message saying the "Trial Expires" December 31, 2015.The license has now been extended for another year, till December 31, 2016. Just click on the words “Trial Expires” and the new expiry date will take effect (you need to be connected to the Internet).

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Published: 8 Dec 2015

Phishing scam: "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: 25 Nov 2015

Phishing scam with subject: "Compromissed account"

A phishing email has been reported with the subject "Compromissed account". It is signed from McGill's IT Service Desk, and urges the recipient to click a CHANGED PASSWORD link. A sample of the email is shown below.

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Published: 23 Nov 2015

Phishing scam with subject: "Dear McGill account user"

A phishing email has been reported with the subject "Dear McGill account users". It is from McGill University Webmail and asks the user to click on a fraudulent link to increase their mcgill.ca e-mail quota. A sample of the email is shown below.

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Published: 23 Nov 2015

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