News archive - September 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WCMS upgrade to Drupal 7.50/1.13.1 – September 29

What is happening? Non-responsive (legacy) WCMS sites are being upgraded to Drupal 7.50 and WCMS version 1.13.1

Why is this happening? Drupal, the underlying system for WCMS sites, is being upgraded to version 7.50. WCMS version 1.13.1 ensures compatibility of the WCMS with this updated Drupal, and otherwise includes no new features or fixes.

When is this happening? 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Yahoo! data breach – September 23

What is happening? The public is just finding out in September 2016 that there was a significant data breach at Yahoo! in 2014. Personal details of Yahoo! account holders, including password hashes, were leaked. Yahoo! reports approximately a half-billion accounts affected.  Since there are members of the University of Waterloo community who forward their email to Yahoo! accounts, IST strongly recommends that those affected change their Yahoo! passwords as soon as possible.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

RESOLVED: Mailservices listed on spam blacklist – September 19

What is happening? The University of Waterloo was placed on the Spam and Open-Relay Blocking System (SORBS) email blacklist. Users first reported the issue late last week. The University has since been removed from the list and emails should be delivered without issue.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Security warning: Suspicious email identified – September 19

Important: We will never send a regular email that asks you to provide, confirm or verify personal, login or account information.


Suspicious email identified: Today, some members of the campus community received a suspicious email with the subject “Admin Security Alert:: Treat As Urgent!!” If you received this email, please ignore and delete the message - do not click on the link within the message.

Sender: Sonia Sosa
Subject: Admin Security Alert:: Treat As Urgent!!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and license server restart – September 17

What is happening? Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and license servers will be restarted to apply software updates. Servers include: licsrv1, licsrv2, vdisrv1 - 6

When is this happening? Saturday, September 17  from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

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