Does the shortcut, itself, contain any information that might help.
My initial instinct is to think that the underlying cause is that (assuming you're running it as root) you're being verified by
logname (variable set by login and can't be altered)
LOGNAME (environment variable set by shell and can be altered)
which would mean a possible security update is disallowing network updates unless you log in as root.
Hope this helps point you in the right direction!