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Security Alert: Easter Holiday Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

April 13, 2017 in Info, scams, Security Alert!, Tips by R Bennett  |  No Comments

National Cyber Awareness System:

 

Easter Holiday Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

04/11/2017 10:35 AM EDT

 

Original release date: April 11, 2017

As the Easter holiday approaches, US-CERT reminds users to stay aware of holiday scams and cyber campaigns, which may include:

  • unsolicited shipping notifications that may actually be scams by attackers to solicit personal information (phishing scams),
  • electronic greeting cards that may contain malicious software (malware),
  • requests for charitable contributions that may be phishing scams or solicitations from sources that are not real charities, and
  • false advertisements for holiday accommodations or timeshares.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to use caution when reviewing unsolicited messages. Suggested preventive measures to protect against phishing scams and malware campaigns include:

Refer to the Holiday Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices Tip for more information on protecting personal mobile devices.

 

Security Alert: Beware of Holiday Phishing and Malware Campaigns

November 25, 2015 in Security Alert! by Web Master  |  Comments Off on Security Alert: Beware of Holiday Phishing and Malware Campaigns

National Cyber Awareness System:

US-CERT Alerts Users to Holiday Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

11/25/2015 01:21 PM EST

Original release date: November 25, 2015

US-CERT reminds users to remain vigilant when browsing or shopping online this holiday season. E-cards from unknown senders may contain malicious links. Fake advertisements or shipping notifications may deliver infected attachments. Spoofed e-mail messages and fraudulent posts on social networking sites may request support for phony causes.

To avoid seasonal campaigns that could result in security breaches, identity theft, or financial loss, US-CERT encourages users to take the following actions:

  • Avoid following unsolicited links or downloading attachments from unknown sources.

If you believe you are a victim of a holiday phishing scam or malware campaign, consider the following actions:

  • Contact your financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have been compromised. Watch for any unexplainable charges to your account.

Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed and do not use that password in the future. Avoid reusing passwords on multiple sites.

A copy of this publication is available at www.us-cert.gov. If you need help or have questions, please send an email to info@us-cert.gov. This message was generated from a notification-only address that is not monitored.