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Email containing a Trojan virus: McGILL UNIVERSITY.pdf

A malicious email, appearing to come from Principal Suzanne Fortier, is targeting members of the McGill community. It contains a PDF attachment that contains a virus. See a screenshot of what the email looks like on the left side of this page.

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

Published: 4 Jul 2019

Phishing scam: Beware of suspicious emails that appear to be coming from a McGill employee

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.

Some sample emails include asking for:

a change of bank details, the purchase of gift cards, the transfer of money.

 

Published: 2 Jul 2019

Phishing scam: Important notice

A phishing email is targeting the McGill community, advising users to authenticate their email accounts via a fraudulent login form.  View a screenshot of the login form to the left. The message text is below: 

Attention user,

We noticed some unauthorized login attempt to your mailbox. You are advised to authenticate your email account immediately. 

Published: 28 May 2019

Phishing scam: Email inbox 90% full

A phishing email is targeting the McGill community, advising that email accounts are about to exceed limits.  View a screenshot of the message to the left.

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

Published: 8 May 2019

Phishing scam: Outlook Web App 2019 upgrade

A phishing email is targeting the McGill community, advising that all email accounts are being migrated into Outlook Web App 2019.  View a screenshot of the message to the left.

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

Published: 2 May 2019

Notice for IT System Administrators re End of Public Updates for Java SE 8

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

WHAT IS HAPPENING

Published: 15 Apr 2019

Phishing scam: Server Notification for Mcgill Alert

A phishing email is targeting the McGill community, advising that your email account will be terminated.  View a screenshot of the message to the left.

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

Published: 8 Apr 2019

Multiple phishing emails: Various subject lines

Presently, there are multiple phishing emails targeting the McGill community. The title of the email can change, but the contents look the same and contain a link to open a message. View a screenshot of the message to the left.

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

Published: 29 Mar 2019

Phishing scam: "We noticed a login .. from an unrecognized location."

We have recently received reports of a phishing scam that appears to come from IT Support, with the title "IT Services". The body of the email says "We noticed a login to your University Email account from an unrecognized location ..."  (see example screenshot). It suggests you "CLICK HERE" if the login attempt was not made by you.

Published: 18 Mar 2019

Phishing scam: "Micgill Webmail"

There is currently a targeted phishing email with the title "Micgill Webmail" . It says your web mail account is expiring and asks you to click on a link to log on. See an example of the message, below.

Published: 7 Feb 2019

Scam emails target McGill community using social engineering tactics

Several emails designed to appear as though they are from prominent members of the McGill community have targeted recipients both within and outside of the McGill community in recent weeks. These emails may request or provide information, including requests to send money. They have been identified as social engineering attacks.

Published: 10 Jan 2019

Save the Date: January 28th is Data Privacy Day

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).

Published: 9 Jan 2019

IT security alert: "ATTN: You received a shared document"

A security threat -- possibly a Trojan virus -- was found in an email sent to McGill recipients. The subject of the email is "ATTN: You received a shared document", and the link was to AGREEMENT TERMS.

Don't be fooled, especially when the email suggests urgent action. Note that with Trojans and other viruses, recipients do not even have to enter their credentials; they can become infected as soon as they click on a malicious link.

Published: 19 Dec 2018

Phishing scam: "Action Required! Campus Relocation"

Watch out for emails with title's, such as "Action Required! Campus Relocation" and instructions to "open the shared document" . These types of emails appear to notify you of a document that is being shared with you from a file sharing service. Don't be fooled, especially when the title suggests urgent action.

Published: 14 Dec 2018

Phishing scam: "Action Required! Notice of Expulsion"

Watch out for emails with title's, such as "Action Required! Notice of Expulsion" and instructions to "open the shared document" . These types of emails appear to notify you of a document that is being shared with you from a file sharing service. Don't be fooled, especially when the title suggests urgent action.

Published: 14 Dec 2018

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