US-CERT Alerts Users to Holiday Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

Original release date: November 25, 2015

US-CERT reminds users to remain vigilant when browsing or shopping online this holiday season. E-cards from unknown senders may contain malicious links. Fake advertisements or shipping notifications may deliver infected attachments. Spoofed e-mail messages and fraudulent posts on social networking sites may request support for phony causes.

To avoid seasonal campaigns that could result in security breaches, identity theft, or financial loss, US-CERT encourages users to take the following actions:

  • Avoid following unsolicited links or downloading attachments from unknown sources.

If you believe you are a victim of a holiday phishing scam or malware campaign, consider the following actions:

  • Contact your financial institution immediately and close any accounts that may have been compromised. Watch for any unexplainable charges to your account.
  • Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed and do not use that password in the future. Avoid reusing passwords on multiple sites.

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