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UNB Cybersecurity Advisory: Elsevier privacy breach

Author: IT Service Desk

Posted on Mar 25, 2019

Category: News and Notices

Elsevier, an online repository for scientific journals, research and education information used by some faculty, staff and students, recently suffered a privacy beach exposing user email addresses and passwords.

NOTE: This is a non-UNB privacy breach. ITS does not have access to or the ability to determine the compromised information held by Elsevier. 

What this means to you

If you have an Elsevier account:

  • Please reset your Elsevier password immediately; if you reused your password from your UNB account or other personal account, please reset these passwords as well.  
  • If you have a credit card associated with your account, monitor it closely and report any suspicious activity to your bank or request a new credit card as a precaution.

To reset your UNB password:

  • Students: Go to: myUNB Portal > eServices (in the launch menu) > Computing
  • Faulty/staff: Go to: myUNB Portal > eServices (in the launch menu) > IT Services > Account Options

Essential tips for keeping your accounts safe

  • Never recycle old passwords or use the same password for different accounts.
  • Delete old accounts you no longer use.
  • Keep a close eye on all your accounts and report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities right away (ex: bank, police, ITS, etc.). 
  • Register your email address(es) with This free service will notify you if your email address has appeared in any known data breaches and may be at risk. 

If you have not yet done so, please complete UNB’s Cybersecurity Training: 


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