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IT Security Alert: VoiceMail Phishing Scam - Several attempts are circulating with an attached .zip file

Several phishing attempts are circulating from different senders with different file attachment names. A sample email has the subject line: "You have received a new VoiceMail". Find a sample of this email below.

Please delete any suspcious email immediately! They do 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.

Published: 24 Jul 2014

IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "IT Maintenance Schedule"

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "IT Maintenance Schedule". 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.

Published: 15 Jul 2014

IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "Re-validate your e-mail account"

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "Re-validate your e-amil account". 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.

Published: 15 Jul 2014

IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam about reaching your mailbox storage

A phishing attempt about reaching your mailbox storage is circulating. 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.

Published: 10 Jul 2014

Emails requesting continued subscription to mailing lists – due to Canadian Anti-Spam Law

You may recently have received one or more emails requesting that you click a link to "Continue receiving promotions" from an organization or commercial company. As of July 1, 2014 the Canadian government will pass new anti-spam legislation (CASL), which imposes severe penalties for organizations that do not abide by the laws concerning mailing lists.

Published: 27 Jun 2014

IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "Mcgill.ca UPDATE"

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "Mcgill.ca UPDATE". A sample of the email is shown below.

Published: 4 Jun 2014

Telephone scam claiming to be from WestJet or Air Canada

Please be advised of a telephone scam claiming to be from WestJet or Air Canada telling you that you won "points/miles" or you are a "perferred customer". The call might look like it is coming from a McGill phone number. This is a scam and you have not won anything. This is an attempt to steal your personal information. Simply hang up the phone if you receive one of these calls.

You can find more information about this scam on the WestJet website.

Published: 21 May 2014

IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "Mcgill.ca UPDATE"

A phishing attempt is circulating, with the Subject line: "Mcgill.ca UPDTATE". The message text states "shutting down some accounts due to congestion", and asks you to click on a link to "UPDATE".

Please delete this email immediately! Do not click on the link. 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.

Published: 15 May 2014

IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "Your mailbox is almost full"

A phishing attempt is circulating, with the Subject line: "ITS help desk". The message text states "Your mailbox is almost full", and asks you to click on a link to increase your mailbox quota.

Please delete this email immediately! Do not click on the link. 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.

Published: 9 May 2014

Update: Security vulnerability in Internet Explorer could allow remote code execution

Update: May 5, 2014
Last week Microsoft released a Windows update to address the security vulnerability in Internet Explorer.  This update was remotely deployed to McGill's centrally-supported computers on Friday, May 2 via the Campus Windows Server Update System (WSUS). Note that Microsoft made the decision to also offer the update for Windows XP. You may be prompted to restart your computer.

Please be sure to run Windows Update on all computers that are not configured to automatically install updates from the WSUS, including your

Published: 28 Apr 2014

IT Security Awareness Online Course - Focus on Phishing

McGill IT Services has developed an online course to provide our community with guidance and resources to remain vigilant and resilient in the face of IT security threats. The first module of this course focuses on "phishing", the term used to describe various schemes used to lure unsuspecting people into divulging their personal information. You’ll learn ways to recognize phishing emails and how to identify fraudulent website addresses.

This course is now available to all McGill Students, Faculty and Staff via myCourses, the learning management system.

Published: 10 Apr 2014

Heartbleed vulnerability

You may have become aware, through media or other means, of a computer security vulnerability called Heartbleed that is affecting networks around the world.

This bug, which has existed since late 2011 but was only widely recognized this week, makes password and other sensitive data vulnerable to theft.

Published: 10 Apr 2014

IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "Mcgill.ca IT"

A phishing attempt is circulating, with the Subject line: "Mcgill.ca IT", and Sender: "IT Services". 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.

Published: 21 Mar 2014

IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "Mail News Update!"

A phishing attempt is circulating, with the Subject line: "Mail News Update!", and Sender: "McGill University". 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.

Published: 19 Mar 2014

IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - Subject: "Tax Refund"

A phishing attempt is circulating, with the Subject line: "Tax Refund", and purported to be coming from Canada Revenue Agency (info [at] cra-arc [dot] gc [dot] ca)

Please delete this email immediately!

Published: 28 Feb 2014