Blocking of Executable Email Attachments

In response to a recent inci­dent of mal­ware infec­tions spread through exe­cutable file attach­ments, start­ing April 8, UW-IT will reject all exe­cutable attach­ments across all UW email ser­vices to pro­tect the Uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity. The recent inci­dent com­pro­mised more than 50 UW computers.

This step will close a sig­nif­i­cant gap in UW email fil­ter­ing ser­vices. Google email already blocks exe­cutable attach­ments (such as .exe, .bat, .vbs and others).

For more infor­ma­tion on the types of files that will be rejected—and alter­na­tive ways that stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff in your depart­ment can share files safely—visit

Please con­tact UW-IT Ser­vice Cen­ter ( if you have any ques­tions or con­cerns. Thank you for your sup­port in pro­tect­ing our Uni­ver­sity from mal­ware infections.


Kelli Trosvig

Vice Pres­i­dent for UW-IT and CIO

Uni­ver­sity of Washington

UPDATE: Fixed delays processing mail from off-campus

As of 3:35 p.m. today, inbound email pro­cess­ing has returned to its nor­mal rate.  Note that users may con­tinue to receive email with time stamps from ear­lier in the day, as send­ing servers retry and are finally suc­cess­ful in send­ing delayed email.  This is the final eOutage noti­fi­ca­tion expected for this incident.

Infor­ma­tion sent to the eOutage mail­ing list is also posted online:

UPDATE: Delays processing mail from off-campus

Inbound email pro­cess­ing has resumed, and we expect most inbound email should be processed and to users by 3:30 p.m. today (4–1-2015).  Please note that until that time, email may arrive in your inbox out of time sequence order.  We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion, and will send another mes­sage at 3:30 p.m. today with another update.

U Drive limit increased!


Do you have a U drive? If not see U Drive: Cen­tral File Stor­age for Users.

U Drive is a cen­tral file stor­age for users that pro­vides stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff with a place to store files that can be accessed from any­where, on– and off-campus.

The stor­age limit was just increased from 10gb to 20gb. If you have a U drive they are auto­mat­i­cally mapped in Gib­son for your use.

To get a U drive:

Activate/Manage Your Storage

Stu­dents: U Drive is auto­mat­i­cally acti­vated for all stu­dents:

Faculty/Staff: U Drive must be acti­vated via the UW NetID Ser­vice Man­age Page. Fol­low these steps from your browser to acti­vate this ser­vice (This is only nec­es­sary this one time):

  1. Steps  Actions
  2. Nav­i­gate to your Man­age Your UW NetID Resources Web page.
  3. Click on “Com­put­ing Services.”
  4. Check the box next to “Cen­tral File Storage.”
  5. Click on “Sub­scribe” to acti­vate your storage.

This page is also where Faculty/Staff should be able to pur­chase addi­tional quota with a UW bud­get num­ber at a rate of $0.35 per GB per month.