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Tech Alerts

Russian Malicious Cyber Activity

April 16, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre released a joint Technical Alert about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government.

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FTC asking for access to your computer? It’s a scam.

April 10, 2018

Scammers pretending to be with the FTC or with FTC refund administrators are calling, asking for remote access to your computer. Their goal is to make you think you are moments away from getting money that’s owed to you – and, to get the money, all you need to do is allow them to connect to your computer. It’s a scam.

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FTC-IRS Initiative Aims To Make It Easier For Consumers To Report Tax-Related Identity Theft

April 10, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service are teaming up to make it easier for consumers to report tax-related identity theft and to receive assistance to help recover. The IRS will now allow consumers to report identity theft to the IRS electronically through the FTC’s IdentityTheft.gov website.

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Ongoing Threat Of Ransomware

April 10, 2018

NCCIC has observed an increase in ransomware attacks across the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware typically spreads through phishing emails or by unknowingly visiting an infected website. Ransomware can be devastating to an individual

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FTC Releases Alert On Tax Identity Theft

April 4, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service are offering consumers a new way to report tax-related identity theft to the IRS online. Tax-related identity theft happens when someone steals your Social Security number to file a tax return and claims your refund. To report such a theft, go to IdentityTheft.gov.

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Tax Guidance As Deadline Approaches

March 31, 2018

As this year's April 17 tax deadline approaches, NCCIC/US-CERT offers taxpayers guidance to help protect their personal, financial, and tax information. Hackers can take advantage of taxpayers by using social engineering scams to attempt to steal personally identifiable information.

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Easter Holiday Phishing Scams And Malware Campaigns

March 31, 2018

As the Easter holiday approaches, NCCIC/US-CERT reminds users to be aware of potential holiday scams and cyber campaigns, which may include emails and ecards from unknown senders that may contain malicious links, fake advertisements or shipping notifications with attachments infected with malware, and spoofed email messages and phony posts on social networking sites requesting support for fraudulent causes.

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IC3 Issues Alert On Tech Support Fraud

March 29, 2018

The Internet Crime Complaint Center has released an alert on tech support fraud. Tech support fraud involves criminals claiming to provide technical support to fix problems that do not exist. Their methods include placing calls, sending pop-ups, engaging misleading lock screens, and sending emails to entice users to accept fraudulent tech support services. Users should not give control of their computers or mobile devices to any stranger offering to fix problems.

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Russian Government Cyber Activity Targeting Energy, Other Critical Infrastructure Sectors

March 16, 2018

This joint Technical Alert is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This alert provides information on Russian government actions targeting U.S. Government entities as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors.

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Phone Scams Pose Serious Threat; Remain On IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Of Tax Scams

March 6, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers to be careful with continuing aggressive phone scams as criminals pose as IRS agents in hopes of stealing money. These continuing phone calls remain a major threat to taxpayers and remain on the annual IRS "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2018 filing season.

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