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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

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FTC Announces Resource For Small Business Owners

May 10, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 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. Business owners and other interested parties are encouraged to explore the new FTC website and

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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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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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