What is happening? The University web search tool has been updated and is now live. There are some known temporary issues:
Search results may be incomplete until all data has been indexed.
Only web search has been enabled; People search is not available at this time.
The Web Development team will be working continually over the next several weeks to add more features to search. Also, look out soon for more information on how to optimize website content for improved search results.
What is happening? There will be an emergency security patch update being deployed to all academic support computers. A computer restart will occur to complete the patch install.
When is this happening? The security patch will be deployed on Friday, August 16 at 1:00 a.m.
Why is this happening? To fix a critical security vulnerability in the OS.
What do users need to do?
Users should leave their computer on at the end of the workday to allow the security patch to be installed. Any computer that has been turned off will install the patch and reboot the next time they are turned on.
Laptops should be left in the office and docked overnight if possible.
What is happening? Information Systems & Technology (IST) has launched a website for the Office 365 Employee Email Investigation (see initial announcement below). The new site will offer University employees a central hub for information and resources related to the possible migration of employee email from our on-premise solution to the cloud-based Office 365 environment.
Visit the site to explore the frequently asked questions, review the Information Risk Assessment materials, and most importantly, submit any comments, questions or feedback you may have regarding this work.
What’s next? Broader campus consultations on this potential change, including in-person and online opportunities for feedback and questions, will be scheduled during the fall 2019 term. Additional communications will be shared once the details are finalized.
What is happening? The University’s version control system, git.uwaterloo.ca, will undergo a two-phase upgrade, beginning with an update from version 8.1.5 to version 10.8.7. Phase 2 will follow in the coming months and will include both an update to GitLab 12 and a significant change to the API.
When is this happening? From Tuesday August 20, 5:00 p.m.to Thursday August 22, 8:00 a.m. git.uwaterloo.ca will be unavailable during the upgrade window.
What is the impact?A new API (version 4) will be made available to users. The existing API (version 3) is no longer supported by the vendor and will only continue to work for approximately 1-2 months under Git version 10.8.7. No change to repositories, issues, comments or logins is anticipated.
What do users need to do? Users of the API need to update their code to support the newer API, in the next 1-2 months. API (version 3) will stop working when git.uwaterloo.ca is upgraded to GitLab 12; the upgrade date will be communicated in early fall 2019.
What is happening? Over the August long weekend, there was a significant increase in the number of financial spear phishing attempts directed at University employees.
What is Finphishing? A form of phishing done for financial gain, finphishing attempts to have the victim transfer cash or easily converted gift cards to the attacker.
What should you do if you receive such an email?
Verify unusual requests from your manager. If you've never bought gift cards - or anything else - for that person, consider why you are being asked to do so now. Ask who the merchandise is being bought for.
Verify the email address. Email clients may display only the text name, not the address, so employees need to look closely.
Compare the text to other messages for your manager. If spelling, punctuation, or choice of words differs, it is likely an attack.
When in doubt, verify using a different contact method. Don't ask in the email thread for a phone number. Look it up yourself and call or message the purported manager.
Be suspicious when you are told you will be reimbursed. If the financial arrangements and payments are not in keeping with normal practice, don't go along with them.
On July 29, Lynda.com was upgraded to LinkedIn Learning. If you had a Lynda.com account, you will have received an account activation email from LinkedIn Learning. If you did not have a Lynda.com account but would like to create a LinkedIn Learning account, please use the below link and follow the activation prompts.