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


Published: 19Dec2018

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.

McGill's Information Security team has removed this message from over 3000 mailboxes since it was reported. However, note that similar threats may appear at any time.

If you receive this type of message, DO NOT click on any of the links within. Delete this email immediately!

 If you have already clicked on the link and submitted any personal information (McGill Username and Password), you should change your McGill Password as soon as possible. See the McGill Password Reset Checklist for instructions.

If you have received a phishing email or suspect that you have, please send a message to phishing [at] (subject: Report%20a%20phishing%20scam, body: Attach%20the%20suspicious%20email%20to%20this%20message.) with the suspicious email as an attachment.

Tip when sharing files:

When you share documents from OneDrive or other cloud file sharing services, be sure to write a detailed message so that recipients know it is legitimate. You may also want to follow up with those recipients so that they will expect to receive a shared document from you.

Quick links to stay secure: