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October Is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 3, 2017

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is a collaborative effort between DHS and its public and private partners--including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)--to raise awareness about the vital role cybersecurity plays in the lives of U.S. citizens. US-CERT will be participating in NCSAM through weekly posts in the Current Activity section of the US-CERT

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IC3 Issues Alert on Disaster-Related Fraud

September 21, 2017

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an announcement on fraudulent cyber activity related to natural disasters. IC3 reports that scammers have recently used email and social-networking sites to solicit money from disaster victims with scams on false temporary housing and job opportunities. In addition, IC3 warns the public to be cautious of solicitations

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FTC Releases Alerts on Protecting Against Identity Theft

September 21, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released two alerts to educate consumers on recommended protections against identity theft after the recent data breach at Equifax. Users should consider placing security freezes with the three major credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Transunion, and Experian. Alternative security recommendations include using fraud alerts and free credit monitoring from Equifax. 

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VSP Issues Warning About Automated Traffic Ticket Email Scam

September 19, 2017

Virginia State Police is warning all Virginians of an email scam that advises individuals they are receiving an “automated traffic ticket” from the State Police. Virginia State Police DOES NOT use or issue digital/automated traffic tickets or summonses. Anyone receiving such an email should delete it and NOT click on any links provided in the email.

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Potential Phishing Scams Related to Equifax Data Breach

September 14, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on scams related to the Equifax data breach. FTC warns consumers to be wary of calls or emails purporting to be from Equifax agents. Legitimate Equifax representatives will not contact consumers to ask for verification of their information. US-CERT encourages consumers to report fraudulent calls and

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More Hurricane-Related Scams

September 8, 2017

Disaster-related phishing emails may trick users into sharing sensitive information. Such emails could also contain links or attachments directing users to malware-infected websites. In addition, users should be wary of social media pleas, calls, texts, or door-to-door solicitations relating to the recent hurricanes.

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Potential Hurricane Harvey Phishing Scams

August 28, 2017

US-CERT warns users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on interest in Hurricane Harvey. Users are advised to exercise caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Harvey, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source. Fraudulent emails will often contain links or

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IC3 Releases Alert On Gift Card Scams

August 3, 2017

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert warning consumers of music gift card scams. This type of scam targets victims, gains their confidence, and tricks them into providing gift card information.  To stay safer online, review the IC3 alert on Online Scammers Require Payment via Music Application Gift Cards and the US-CERT Tip on Avoiding

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Phishing Phone Call Alert: IRS Fake Calls

July 30, 2017

AlexandriaNews advises our readers to beware recent fake IRS calls. The calls use an automated female voice calling to tell the recipient that an arrest warrant has been issued for the recipient's arrest and that the recipient's property is to be confiscated by the IRS. The call tells the recipient to call back and provides

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In An Evil Internet Minute, $858,153 Is Lost To Cybercrime, Reveals RiskIQ

July 19, 2017

With cybercriminals costing the global economy $454 billion last year alone1, digital threat management leader RiskIQ has examined the growing volume of malicious activity on the internet to reveal the inaugural ‘Evil Internet Minute.’

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