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Event: True (cyber) crime McGill

Cybercrime. It could never happen here, could it? Ah, but it does, and more often than we’d like. Join IT Services on October 21 for an online lunch hour session filled with stories of cybercrimes committed at McGill and elsewhere - both the heinous and the hilarious. The stories you will hear are true. Only the names will be changed to protect the innocent. Pick up some handy tips for staying safe online and help prevent similar incidents from happening to you.

Published: 30 Sep 2020

Phishing scam: "Mandatory Training & Development"

There is currently a targeted phishing email circulating advising staff & employees to update their Discrimination & Sexual Harassment training, claiming that it is set to expire within the next 24 hours.  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.

Published: 4 Sep 2020

Phishing scam: Beware of Fraudulent McGill FB group

There is currently a fake McGill Facebook website circulating that is targeting international students: 

https://www.facebook.com/boursesunivmcgil

Please DO NOT go to this website! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

Published: 27 Aug 2020

MS Teams sending numerous text messages to mobile devices: "Test notification"

MS Teams users may receive unexpected text messages on their mobile devices, containing variations of the message "Test notification!" - see image. Microsoft is currently investigating the cause of this issue. In the meantime, please ignore these messages.

Published: 27 Aug 2020

Event: True (cyber) crime McGill (COMPLETED)

Cybercrime. It could never happen here, could it? Ah, but it does, and more often than we’d like. Join IT Services on August 11 for an online lunch hour session filled with stories of cybercrimes committed at McGill and elsewhere - both the heinous and the hilarious. The stories you will hear are true. Only the names will be changed to protect the innocent. Pick up some handy tips for staying safe online and help prevent similar incidents from happening to you.

Published: 3 Aug 2020

Phishing scam: "Pandemic Giveaway"

There is currently a targeted phishing email circulating asking you to click on a fraudulent link to information about "Personal Giveaway". 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.

Published: 26 May 2020

VPN access will require Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Update: May 13, 2020

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) was successfully implemented on the Virtual Private Network (VPN) as planned on May 5, 2020. Of those who were using the VPN prior to May 5th, 84% of staff and 47% of students and/or affiliates have enabled 2FA and now connect with greater security.

Published: 13 May 2020

Phishing scam: "PROPOSITION URGENTE"

There is currently a targeted phishing email circulating asking you to click on a fraudulent link to view your document. 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.

Published: 5 May 2020

Phishing scam: "April Payroll Benefit"

There is currently a targeted phishing email circulating asking all staff & employees to verify their email account for an April benefit payment via an included 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.

Published: 1 May 2020

RESOLVED: Security vulnerability in Zoom (Windows)

UPDATE (April 2, 2020): The security vulnerability affecting Zoom has been resolved.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE (posted April 1, 2020): A security vulnerability has recently been discovered in Zoom when used on Windows computers. This vulnerability may allow cyber attackers to steal Windows account names and encrypted passwords if a user clicks on a malicious link within a Zoom chat while interacting with the cyber attacker.

Published: 1 Apr 2020

Phishing scam: "Processing - CRA notification - your refund is now available"

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.

Published: 25 Mar 2020

Phishing scam: Beware of phishing attempt leveraging COVID-19

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. 

Published: 19 Mar 2020

Phishing scam: "A document has been shared with you."

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.

Published: 20 Feb 2020

Phishing scam: Suspicious emails from McGill employees entitled "Quick Request"

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.

Published: 18 Feb 2020

Phishing scam: "VoiceVoIP message waiting"

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.

Published: 11 Feb 2020

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