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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: Tax Season is Coming!

November 28, 2015 in Security Alert! by Web Master  |  Comments Off on Security Alert: Tax Season is Coming!

IRS Releases First in a Series of Tax Security Tips

Original release date: November 27, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the first in a series of tips intended to increase public awareness of how to protect personal and financial data online and at home. A new tip will be available each Monday through the start of the tax season in January, and will continue through the April tax deadline.

The first tip focuses on seven simple steps to secure your computer when conducting business online. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 1 for additional information.