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Galaxy Note7 Sales And Exchanges To Stop During Further Investigation

October 10, 2016

Samsung announced today that it is asking all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note7 while the investigation of recently reported cases involving the Galaxy Note7 takes place. Samsung is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety and other relevant regulatory bodies on the investigation.

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ALERT: Misleading Voter Registration Letters Sent By Outside Groups

September 21, 2016

The Virginia Department of Elections has received numerous phone calls from concerned voters who received a letter suggesting their voter registration status was in question. These letters did not come from the Department of Elections and are not official election mail.

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Warning About Samsung Galaxy Note7

September 9, 2016

Lithium-ion batteries pack a lot of power into a small package. When these batteries overheat and burst, the results can be serious. This is why the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging all consumers who own a Samsung Galaxy Note7 to power them down and stop charging or using the device. UPDATE: Samsung announces exchange program for current Galaxy Note7 products.

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FTC Releases Alert On Louisiana Flood Disaster Scams

August 24, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission released an alert on scams that cite the recent flood disaster in Louisiana. These charity scams take many forms, including emails containing links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Donation requests from fraudulent charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters. US-CERT encourages users to take the

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DHS Announces Cyber Incident Reporting Information

August 2, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released guidelines and points of contact for reporting cyber incidents to the federal government. This communication follows the recent release of Presidential Policy Directive 41 (PPD-41)—United States Cyber Incident Coordination—which outlines how the federal government will handle cyber incidents.

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Police Caution Parents About Trending Abduction Scam

May 19, 2016

Since April, police have responded to several reports of what appear to be a trending scam for money. A parent gets a phone call saying their child has been abducted and the person demands ransom for the child’s return.

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FBI Releases Article on Ransomware

May 4, 2016

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article addressing the proliferation of ransomware campaigns. 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

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FTC Releases Alert On Earthquake Disaster Email Scams

April 21, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission released an alert on email scams that cite the recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan. The scam emails may contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites.

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IRS Warns Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia Residents Of New Phishing Scam Targeting National Capital Area

April 7, 2016

As reports of phone scams as well as email phishing schemes continue across the country, the Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers of a new phishing scam targeting Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia residents.

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IRS Alerts Payroll and HR Professionals to Phishing Scheme Involving W-2s

March 4, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service today issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees.

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