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Phishing scam: "Subject: Faculty And Staff Mailbox Alert."

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line "Faculty And Staff Mailbox Alert.". The message says that your password will expire in the next 2 days and asks you to log on to a fraudulent website to validate your e-mail address and password. A sample of the email is shown below.

Please DO NOT click on the link. 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.

Published: 22 Dec 2014

Phishing scam: "Subject: IT Help Desk"

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line "IT Help Desk". The message says that your webmail has exceeded the 95% quota threshold and asks you to click on a fraudulent link to upgrade. A sample of the email is shown below.

Please DO NOT click on the link. 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.

Published: 17 Dec 2014

Phishing scam: "faculty and staff mailbox alert!!!"

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line "faculty and staff mailbox alert!!!". The message says that your email password will expire and asks you to log into a fake IT Website. A sample of the email is shown below.

Please DO NOT click on the link. 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.

Published: 8 Dec 2014

Pension System users: if you use Firefox, you may see a warning message

Firefox users attempting to log into McGill’s pension site (http://www.mcgill.ca/hr/bp/pensions/access) might see a warning message stating "This Connection is Untrusted". The warning is displayed because the Mozilla organization hasn’t yet approved the security certificate used by the site.

Two workarounds are available:

Published: 5 Dec 2014

Check it before you click it!

With holidays fast approaching, cybercriminals are taking advantage of people's vacation planning, online shopping, and expected package deliveries. Millions of phishing scam emails are being sent out daily, spoofing trusted brands, retailers, postal services, banks, stores, and more. Many of these emails look legitimate, and it gets harder to tell what's a real email, and what's a scam.

Published: 5 Dec 2014

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

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "IT Service Desk Support". It contains a link that appears to re-activate your email account, but it 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.

Published: 4 Dec 2014

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: 3 Dec 2014

IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "Library Account"

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! 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: 2 Dec 2014

NEW: Free cloud storage for students via Microsoft OneDrive

Have you been wishing for more file storage space? Based on feedback from the IT Services 2014 student survey, you’re not alone.

Well, you’ll be happy to receive this early holiday gift from IT Services. McGill students now have access to 1 TB FREE personal file space on OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud file storage component of the Office 365 package.

Published: 1 Dec 2014

IT Security Alert: Phishing scam "Suspicious Activity - Security Email Alert"

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "Suspicious Activity - Security Email Alert". The message says that your account has been used from a different location, and you need to verify your account withing 48 hours. A sample of the email is shown below.

Published: 14 Nov 2014

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!

Published: 13 Nov 2014

IT Security Alert: Phishing scam targeting myMcGill portal

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "Portal Access". The message says that your portal access is expiring and offers a link to click. A sample of the email is shown below.

Published: 7 Nov 2014

Changes to the look & feel of Office 2013 for faculty & staff

In preparation for the offering of MS Office 365 ProPlus to McGill Faculty and Staff later this year, IT Services performed a maintenance of our Microsoft Office Server infrastructure this past weekend, October 31 to November 2.

As a result, Faculty and Staff users of Office 2013 on McGill computers will have noticed changes to the look and feel of Office 2013. 

Published: 3 Nov 2014

Faculty and Staff: McGill will double your password if you didn't already change it

As previously announced in the McGill Reporter and on this site, IT Services will be doubling your McGill Password if you have not yet changed it since asked in May. Once your password is doubled, when you log in to any McGill system or computer with your McGill Username and Password (e.g. email, wireless, VPN, myCourses), you will have to type out your password twice.

Published: 30 Oct 2014

Switch to the new VPN before November 12

If you have not already made the switch to McGill’s new, more secure Virtual Private Network (VPN), time is running out. The old VPN, inside.mcgill.ca, will be deactivated on November 12. To avoid losing access to internal McGill systems and resources when off campus, set up a new VPN connection today.

Find instructions for setting up a new VPN connection to securevpn.mcgill.ca in the IT Knowledge Base.

Published: 30 Oct 2014