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Recent scam activity 07/02/2013
RECENT SCAM ATTEMPTS

Email Scams

Social engineering is a type of cyber attack in which a perpetrator uses non-technical or low-tech means, such as impersonation, tricks, bribes, blackmail and threats, to obtain or compromise information about an organization or its computer systems. Phishing, a form of social engineering, is a targeted attack designed to deceive individuals into disclosing sensitive information through electronic communications. Often, malicious actors will craft a message that appears to come from a friend, coworker, or other trusted source.
Be wary of unsolicited email requests and/or attachments from trusted sources.

Independently verify unsolicited messages by contacting the sender directly, or your IT department;
  • Do not provide usernames, passwords, account information, or other sensitive information to e-mail or telephonic requests unless you have initiated the contact;
  • Save and scan any attachments before opening them using anti-virus software;
  • View e-mails in “Plain Text” rather than HTML format;
  • Do not open attachments or install software from unknown or unverified sources.

Windows or Microsoft Support Scam

In all cases, the callers had foreign accents and identified themselves as “Windows Support.” The callers asked the target the impersonating support engineer attempted to solicit the user’s credit card information to pay for “required” software. Following the phishing calls, the attackers attempted to remotely access the targeted employees’ computers.
The following preventive measures can help protect against phishing scams and malware campaigns:
• Do not click on or submit any information to webpages.
• Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages.
• Use caution when opening email attachments.
• Maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
• Users who are infected should change all passwords AFTER removing the malware from their system.




Ransomware Scam
Ransomware infections can occur several ways, such as opening attachments in malicious e-mail messages, or simply by visiting an infected website. Affected users receive a message claiming that the use of their computer has been suspended and that the user must pay a fine to unlock it. The ransomware falsely claims to be from DHS, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or other federal agencies.

The following preventive measures can help protect against phishing scams and malware campaigns:
• Do not click on or submit any information to webpages.
• Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages.
• Use caution when opening email attachments.
• Maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
• Users who are infected should change all passwords AFTER removing the malware from their system.





 
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