IT Security

There is currently a targeted phishing email circulating with the title "Processing - CRA Notification".  It says "Processing - CRA (Canada Revenue Self Assessment) notification March 2020 Your refund is now available" and provides a link to access the CRA Revenue Official Portal for your refund.  See an example of the message to the left.

Please DO NOT click any links or reply to the message. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 25 Mar 2020

There is an increase in reports of malicious actors using the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) in phishing campaigns and malware scams. There have been recent instances where phishing has been used in an attempt to impersonate various health agencies.  Please visit Canadian Centre for Cyber Security for the most up-to-date information. 

Staff should question the legitimacy of unusual emails especially if the request involves money, there is a sense of urgency, or the sender is unavailable for confirmation.  

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 19 Mar 2020

A phishing scam related to file sharing is currently targeting the McGill community. There are several variations, with different subject lines; however, they all contain the message "A document has been shared with you" in the body and the signature "Powered by DocuSign". 

View an example of the message on the left.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams
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Published on: 20 Feb 2020

A variety of emails that look like they are coming from a McGill employee are targeting the McGill community.  Many have the subject "Quick Request" and ask if you are available.  If you reply back, you will be asked to perform an urgent task or send your cell phone number.

Staff should question the legitimacy of unusual emails, especially if the sender requests your personal information, cell phone number, money, or if there is a sense of urgency to make a purchase.  

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 18 Feb 2020

There is currently a targeted phishing email circulating with the title "VoiceVoIP message waiting".  The email indicates that you have new voice messages waiting.  See an example of the message to the left.

Please DO NOT click any links or reply to the message. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 11 Feb 2020

There is currently a targeted phishing email circulating with the title "Files waiting".  The email indicates that your mail is on hold and provides a link.  See an example of the message to the left.

Please DO NOT click any links or reply to the message. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 28 Jan 2020

There is currently a targeted phishing email circulating with the title "McGill University Job Offer".  The email provides a link to apply.  See an example of the message to the left.

Please DO NOT click any links or reply to the message. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 28 Jan 2020

A phishing email scam is now circulating at McGill from McGill Support asking you to updated your email account. The email contains 2 fradulant links for you to click on. See sample image on the left.

Please DO NOT click the links or reply to the message. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 13 Jan 2020

There is currently a targeted phishing email circulating with the title "2019 payroll ready".  It says that your "2019 payroll schedule calendar is now available" and provides a link to access it.  See an example of the message to the left.

Please DO NOT click any links or reply to the message. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 31 Jul 2019

A variety of emails that look like they are coming from a McGill employee are targeting the McGill community.

Staff should question the legitimacy of unusual emails especially if the request involves money, there is a sense of urgency, or the sender is unavailable for confirmation.  Recent emails request the purchase of digital gift cards.

Please DO NOT click any links or reply to the message. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 24 Jul 2019

IT System Administrators: Please be aware of the following announcement regarding Java SE 8 from Oracle.

WHAT IS HAPPENING

Classified as: IT security, Java
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Published on: 15 Apr 2019

January 28th is Data Privacy Day. Data Privacy Day is an international effort which began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the January 28, 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. The Data Privacy Day campaign is officially led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).

Classified as: Data Privacy Day, IT Security Awareness Training
Published on: 9 Jan 2019

Update - Monday, January 8, 2018:

There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community, with the subject "Important Alert from McGill University Admin" and signature "Privacy Policy | Customer Support, Office 365 Mailbox Support Team". The message asks recipients to read important unread messages. Click the screenshot on the left to view an example of the message.

Classified as: phishing, email scams
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Published on: 8 Jan 2018

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