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Easter Holiday Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

April 11, 2017

As the Easter holiday approaches, US-CERT reminds users to stay aware of holiday scams and cyber campaigns, which may include: unsolicited shipping notifications that may actually be scams by attackers to solicit personal information (phishing scams), electronic greeting cards that may contain malicious software (malware), requests for charitable contributions that may be phishing scams or

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Aviation Phishing Scams

March 24, 2017

US-CERT has received reports of email-based phishing campaigns targeting airline consumers. Systems infected through phishing campaigns act as an entry point for attackers to gain access to sensitive business or personal information. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review an airline Security Advisory and US-CERT's Security Tip ST04-014 for more information on phishing attacks.

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IRS, States and Tax Industry Warn of Last-Minute Email Scams

March 18, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned both tax professionals and taxpayers of last-minute phishing email scams, especially those requesting last-minute deposit changes for refunds or account updates.

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Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Vista

March 17, 2017

All software products have a lifecycle. After April 11, 2017, Microsoft is ending support for the Windows Vista operating system. After this date, this product will no longer receive: security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft.

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IRS Releases Tax-Time Guide

March 10, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released tax-time advice intended to help the public protect their personal and financial data and computers. Recommendations include using strong passwords, backing up files, and using robust security software to help block malware and viruses. Users and administrators are encouraged to review this week's IRS Tax-Time Guide and US-CERT

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FBI Releases Article On Romance Scams

February 19, 2017

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released an article addressing the rise of Internet romance scams. In this common type of fraud, cyber criminals target victims, gain their confidence, and trick them into sending money.

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Data Privacy Day Events

January 25, 2017

As Data Privacy Day approaches, US-CERT recommends that users and businesses learn more about how to protect their privacy and personal information. DPD is celebrated every Jan. 28, and is an international effort to promote the importance of data privacy.

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Employment Scam Targeting College Students Remains Prevalent

January 20, 2017

FBI Public Service Announcement College students across the United States continue to be targeted in a common employment scam. Scammers advertise phony job opportunities on college employment websites, and/or students receive e-mails on their school accounts recruiting them for fictitious positions. This "employment" results in a financial loss for participating students. How the scam works:

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