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McGill IT Security Awareness: SANS Video Library now available to all faculty and staff

The newest course in the McGill IT Security Awareness Training program includes a set of short videos and newsletters concerning IT Security.  Register through myCourses. 

Published: 6 May 2016

Creating Attractive Websites Using the WMS

The Web Services Group held a special session for WMS site managers and editors on May 5, 2016, presenting tools to create attractive websites.

Did you attend? If so, complete the evaluation and provide your feedback.

Couldn’t make it or missed something? Watch the recording online.


Published: 5 May 2016

New Service: Video @ McGill

IT Services is launching a new service called Video @ McGill. This Office 365 component allows faculty and staff members to request a video channel, where they can upload video content and grant viewing permissions to students, faculty and staff members. 

Students can also upload content when given the appropriate permissions by the channel owner.

Think of it as McGill's own private and secure YouTube service. 

Published: 3 May 2016

Resolved: Problem with telephone system - no external service

Status update - 8:40 am Monday, May 2, 2016 McGill IT Services wishes to inform you that call routing to and from external networks (inbound calls and outbound calls) was down on May 1st 2016 from 8AM to 10PM due to a major system failure of our telephony service provider Telus. The issue did affect multiple organizations and clients in various regions (greater Montreal area and other locations) and has now been declared as permanently fixed by Telus.

Published: 1 May 2016

Security warning: Phishing & malicious attachments

A series of phishing emails, some with malicious attachments, have been reported. Samples are shown below.

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.

Published: 20 Apr 2016

Faculty & Staff email moving to Office 365 in May

McGill University is pleased to announce that all active and retired faculty and staff mailboxes currently hosted on McGill's central Exchange server will be moving to the Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online service starting in May, 2016.

Published: 11 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.

<<- Click to enlarge sample screenshot.

Published: 4 Apr 2016

Banner/Minerva/AX upgrade completed!

The scheduled upgrade of Banner/Minerva is completed and related systems are now open!

Please restart your browser before accessing INB.

If you encounter any issues using Minerva, Banner, AX or other systems, contact the IT Service Desk.

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.

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. 

Published: 22 Mar 2016

VPN users: Update Cisco AnyConnect client to version 4.1 by March 31

After March 31, 2016 there will be a change on the Virtual Private Network, which will require version 4.1 or higher of the Cisco AnyConnect client software on Windows, Mac OS v10.8 and higher, and mobile devices. For those using Mac OS v10.7 or earlier, please contact the IT Service Desk; you will need to use the L2TP over IPSec security protocol.

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.

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.

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.

Published: 17 Mar 2016