Scammers are capitalizing on the Ebola virus scare by sending out phishing email messages with attachments that contain malware or links to bogus websites that direct victims to enter login credentials.
Using emotion and current events to get people to click on bad links is the basis of most, if not all, types of hacking. This week hackers from the “Sandworm Team”targeted NATO servers during the summit held in Wales on the crisis in Ukraine using spear-phishing to exploit a bug in Windows. It is believed that the hackers originate from Russia and their motives are not only to make a political statement and to intimidate, but to steal trade secrets.
A study in June by the Center for Strategic and International Studies put the cost of hacking to consumers and companies between $375 and $575 billion globally.
US-CERT website recommends the following:
- Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages
- Maintain up-to-date antivirus software
- Refer to the Using Caution with Email Attachments Cyber Security Tip for information on safely handling email attachments
- Refer to the Using Caution with Email Attachments Cyber Security Tip for information on social engineering attacks
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