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Securing Mobile Devices During Holiday Travel

December 6, 2017

As the holiday season begins, many people will travel with their mobile devices. Although these devices—such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops—offer a range of conveniences, users should be mindful of potential threats and vulnerabilities while traveling with them. US-CERT encourages users to review the US-CERT Tips on Holiday Traveling with Personal Internet-Enabled Devices and Cybersecurity for Electronic

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National Tax Security Awareness Week: IRS Helps Taxpayers Protect Against Cyber Criminals

November 29, 2017

As part of National Tax Security Awareness Week—November 27 to December 1—the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is releasing daily security tips to help taxpayers protect their data and identities against tax-related identity theft.

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Holiday Scams and Malware Campaigns

November 19, 2017

US-CERT reminds users to remain vigilant when browsing or shopping online this holiday season. Emails and ecards from unknown senders may contain malicious links. Fake advertisements or shipping notifications may deliver attachments infected with malware.

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Dominion Energy Warns Of Scammers

November 7, 2017

Dominion Energy warns of possible scammers and provides advice for personal safety. Scammers, pretending to be representatives of Dominion Energy, may call, text or email you or your friends and request personal information such as a Social Security Number, credit card number or bank account number.

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Multiple Ransomware Infections Reported

October 25, 2017

US-CERT has received multiple reports of ransomware infections, known as Bad Rabbit, in many countries around the world. A suspected variant of Petya, Bad Rabbit is ransomware—malicious software that infects a computer and restricts user access to the infected machine until a ransom is paid to unlock it.

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IC3 Issues Alert on IoT Devices

October 18, 2017

In conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert to individuals and businesses about the security risks involved with the Internet of Things (e.g., smart TVs, home automation systems). IC3 warns that once a device is compromised, an attacker may take control of an affected system, obtain sensitive information, or cause a denial-of-service condition.

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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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