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“Vacation policy” - simulated phishing exercise to raise awareness of cyber fraud

Each year McGill users receive thousands of fraudulent email messages requesting that they click a link or download a file – this is known as “phishing”. Many people fall victim and provide personal information, such as their username and password.

Published: 14 Jun 2021

Phishing scam related to migrating to the New 2021 Microsoft Outlook Web Portal

There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community from J.D. xxxx, Prof. asking you to migrate to the New 2021 Microsoft Outlook Web Portal.  See an example of the message to the left. The example we received says,

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"All Staff are expected to migrate to the New 2021 Microsoft Outlook Web Portal to enable access to the below, click here [fraudulent link] to migrate immediately.

Published: 31 May 2021

Announcing McGill's Telephone Evolution Project - Seeking Early Adopters

IT Services is embarking on a major project to upgrade McGill’s end-of-life telephone system, bringing in a modern Internet-based solution, which will support today’s flexible work environment. Watch the trailer video

Published: 24 May 2021

RESOLVED: Are you trying to access documents in Minerva/Banner and receiving error messages?

Some users are receiving error messages when accessing documents from Minerva/Banner. IT Services is aware of this issue and we are actively working to resolve it.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to resolve this problem.

McGill IT Services

Published: 12 May 2021

Wireless network "mcgill.ca" to be decommissioned July 13

NOTICE: The unencrypted wireless network 'mcgill.ca' will be decommissioned on Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Please use 'wpa.mcgill.ca' as a secure way to connect to the McGill wireless network on all campuses and McGill residences.

View instructions on how to connect.

Published: 12 May 2021

Phishing scam: "Login Attempt"

There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community with the subject "Login Attempt".  See an example of the message to the left. The example we received says,

"Dear user,

We recently encountered an unauthorized attempt to sign in to your email account. It is recommended that you validate your email account to keep it safe. 

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Please help us keep your account safe.

Published: 30 Apr 2021

uPrint price increase coming May 1, 2021

As of May 1, 2021, the price of printing impressions (print and copies) using the uPrint service will be increased to the following:

From:

Black and white impressions: $0.065/per impression (tabloid: $0.13/per impression) Colour impressions: $0.22/per impression (tabloid: $0.44/per impression)

To: (for all paper sizes)

Published: 22 Apr 2021

NEW version of LimeSurvey (v3) now available - access to v2 restricted at end of August

McGill's new version of LimeSurvey (v3) was released earlier this year. LimeSurvey is a robust survey tool, often used for extensive research studies, that allows complex conditional branching and supports anonymous tokens.

Published: 8 Apr 2021

Beware of tax season scams

Taxpayers need to be vigilant when they receive an email, text message, phone call or mail that claims to be from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number.

Published: 6 Apr 2021

Phishing scam: "Subject: McGILL University is presently transiting from office365....

There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community, from "xxxxx [at] aesd.net" with the subject "McGILL University is presently transiting from office365 to outlook web application (OWA). Kindly click the link below for update from our transition department about your mailbox.".  

The email asks the recipient to click on a fraudulent link "#####". See an example of the message to the left.

Published: 3 Mar 2021

Phishing scam: "Subject: RE: Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Information!

There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community, from "xxxxx [at] monroe.k12.mi.us" with the subject "RE: Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Information!". The email asks the recipient to click on a fraudulent link "MFAI". See an example of the message to the left.

Published: 2 Mar 2021

Phishing scam: e-message from mcgill.ca Xerox Priority-Scanner

There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community from "mcgill.ca-Xerox-03 <xxx [at] nucleus.com>".  The message appears to be coming from a McGill Xerox scanner and includes a clickable link to view a fax.  See an example of the message to the left.

Published: 18 Feb 2021

2FA required for all accounts by end of 2021

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is applied to all new McGill student and staff accounts as of January last year. Since May of 2020, remote access to McGill systems through the Virtual Private Network (VPN), also requires 2FA. 

Published: 1 Feb 2021

Announcing Secure your journey - McGill's cybersecurity awareness campaign

Secure your journey is McGill’s cybersecurity awareness campaign.

Its goal is to influence the adoption of best practices throughout the community to protect McGill’s data and systems as well as our own information.

At McGill, we are all on a journey. Although we may each work towards different goals during our time here, we all have one thing in common: Each one of us needs to stay safe from beginning to end.

Published: 25 Jan 2021

Enforced Windows system updates

On February 1, 2020, IT Services will begin enforcing restarts for all IT-managed Windows systems with pending updates. 

Published: 20 Jan 2021

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