malware

A fraudulent email containing a possibly malicious attachment has been reported with the subject line "Past Due Invoice".  A sample of one of the emails is shown below.

Classified as: malware, phishing, trojans, email scams
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Published on: 9 Feb 2017

A fraudulent email containing a possibly malicious attachment has been reported with the subject line "Web Business Banking Support or TD Commercial Support- New Notice Concerning Your Online Security".  A sample of one of the emails is shown below.

Classified as: malware, phishing, trojans, email scams
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Published on: 25 Nov 2016

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

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

If you have already opened the attachment, you should contact your IT Administrator immediately! If you don't know who your IT Administrator is, contact the IT Service Desk.

Classified as: malware, phishing, trojans, CryptoLocker, email scams
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Published on: 27 Apr 2016

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. 

Classified as: security, security awareness, malware, keyloggers
Published on: 22 Mar 2016

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.

Classified as: malware, phishing, trojans, CryptoLocker, email scams
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Published on: 21 Mar 2016

The latest versions of McGill-provided FREE antivirus software, Trend Micro Internet Security 10 for Windows & Antivirus for Mac 2016 are now available.

If your personal computer/laptop isn’t already protected by antivirus software (or you’re using an older version), we urge you to install one of the new versions without delay!

All McGill University full-time faculty, staff, and students can download and install Trend Micro antivirus software for use on their personal computers.

Classified as: Antivirus, malware, phishing, spyware, anti-virus
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Published on: 20 Aug 2015

There is currently a virus infecting computers via email attachments.  In the latest fraud reported at McGill, the subject of the email is You have received a voice mail, and the attachment contains the virus.

If you receive any emails containing .ZIP file attachments, DO NOT open them.

Classified as: malware, IT security, virus, CryptoLocker
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Published on: 14 Oct 2014

An email is currently circulating with a password-protected .ZIP file as an attachment. A sample of this email is shown below.

Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

Classified as: Antivirus, malware, phishing, IT security, virus
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Published on: 12 Nov 2013

Due to the continued threat of Cryptolocker and other similar malware infecting computers on campus, all email messages containing .zip attachments with an executable (.exe) file will be flagged as spam and quarantined by the Anti-Spam Service. Emails that are quarantined are not delivered to your Inbox.

Classified as: Antivirus, email, malware
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Published on: 11 Oct 2013

Update - Friday, Oct 11, 2013:
To prevent the spread of CryptoLocker virus and other malware, McGill IT is quarantining all .ZIP attachments that contain .EXE files. See related announcement.

Original announcement - October 10, 2013:
There is currently a virus infecting computers all over the world.  If you receive any emails containing .ZIP file attachments, DO NOT open them.

Classified as: malware, IT security, virus, CryptoLocker
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Published on: 10 Oct 2013

IT Services is now offering a new antivirus and online threat protection software: Titanium Internet Security for Mac, available for all Mac operating systems from OS X 10.5.8 and up. This includes the latest version of Mac OS X 10.8.

Classified as: Antivirus, security awareness, Apple, Macintosh, malware, online safety, phishing, spyware, trojans
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Published on: 16 Nov 2012