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IRS Warns of Summertime Scams

June 26, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released an alert warning of various types of scams targeting taxpayers this summer. The alert describes common features of these cyber crimes, including: robocalls, private debt collection, and scams that target taxpayers with limited English proficiency.

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FTC Releases Alert on Tech-Support Scams

June 24, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on technical-support scams. In these schemes, deceptive tech-support operations offer to fix problems that don't exist, placing calls or sending pop-ups to make people think their computers are infected with viruses. Users should not give control of their computers to any stranger offering to fix problems.

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IC3 Issues Internet Crime Report for 2016

June 22, 2017

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its 2016 Internet Crime Report, describing the numbers and types of cyber crimes reported to IC3. Business Email Compromise (BEC), ransomware attacks, tech support fraud, and extortion are all common schemes affecting people in the U.S. and around the world. US-CERT encourages users to review the 2016 Internet

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FTC Releases Alert on Identity Theft

June 2, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission has released an alert about how quickly criminals begin using your personal information once it is posted to a hacker site by an identity thief. FTC researchers found that it can take as few as 9 minutes for crooks to access stolen personal information posted to hacker sites. To prevent identity theft, a user should follow password security best practices, such as multi-factor authentication, which requires a user to simultaneously present multiple pieces of information to verify their identity.

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SEI Issues Advice on Ransomware

June 2, 2017

The Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University has released a blog post on best practices for preventing and responding to ransomware. This common malware captures, encrypts, and holds your data to extort a ransom. SEI’s top recommendation to thwart ransomware attacks is to back up your important files regularly.

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Multiple Ransomware Infections Reported

May 12, 2017

US-CERT has received multiple reports of ransomware infections in several countries around the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee access will be restored.

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FTC Announces Resource For Small Business Owners

May 10, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission has released an announcement about its new website devoted to protecting small businesses. This resource aims to help business owners avoid scams, protect their computers and networks, and keep their customers' and employees' data safe.

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IC3 Warns of Increase in BEC/EAC Schemes

May 5, 2017

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert describing a growing number of scams targeting businesses working with foreign suppliers or businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments. These sophisticated scams are classified as business email compromise (BEC) or email account compromise (EAC) and use social engineering techniques to defraud businesses. Users and

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Google Docs Phishing Campaign

May 4, 2017

US-CERT is aware of a phishing campaign affecting Google Docs users. The campaign used spoofed email addresses to target users with emails purporting to share a document for collaboration. Once the targeted users accepted invitations, they were encouraged to allow the phishing program access to their email accounts. Google has taken action to protect users,

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FTC Releases Announcement on Identity Theft

April 28, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends that consumers who are affected by identity theft file a report at IdentityTheft.gov—a one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft. Information provided there includes checklists, sample letters, and links to other resources. US-CERT encourages consumers to learn about identity theft by reviewing FTC's blog post

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