Elsevier account security breach

Friday, March 29, 2019

In late March 2019, academic publisher Elsevier acknowledged that user email addresses and passwords were exposed through a misconfigured server. The University of Waterloo Library subscribes to several Elsevier services, including:

  • ScienceDirect (journals and eBooks)
  • Engineering Village (Inspec Archive)
  • Scopus
  • SciVal
  • Pure

If you have created a personal account with Elsevier (for example, if you have submitted an article for publication, or subscribed to an alert service) please change your Elsevier password as soon as possible. Furthermore, if your Elsevier password is the same as your WatIAM password, you are advised to change your WatIAM password immediately. If you access Elsevier content through the Library website, and have not created an account with them, your information is not affected. Please share this information with any colleagues who may have submitted articles for publication with Elsevier.

If you have questions about your personal Elsevier account, please contact their Privacy Support Centre.

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