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Ebola Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns



As coverage for the Ebola virus continues to be highlighted in international, national, and local news and social media, an increased risk for phishing scams and malware campaigns exists. Please be aware that cyber actors may leverage the fear and concerns generated by this event to lure potential victims into opening attachments containing malicious code or to click on links directed to websites to collect personal information. You should always practice safe internet browsing both on personal and corporate computer systems.

Protective measures against phishing scams and malware campaigns include:

  • Maintain up to date antivirus software.
  • Do not follow unsolicited web links in email, text, or chat messages.
  • Use ad-blocking software to avoid 'malvertising' and potential downloading of malicious content
  • Enable "click to play" in your internet browser to avoid automatically playing embedded content on a web page. (i.e. news sites, Facebook, etc...)
  • Do not open unexpected attachments.
  • Save and virus-scan attachments before opening them.
  • Do not provide personal or corporate information over the phone, through a website, or via email to unknown persons or to an unsecure web site.
  • Verify the identity of the person with whom you are communicating.

Additional resources and information on this informational alert may be found here:

US-CERT Ebola Notice:
https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/10/16/Ebola-Phishing-Scams-and-Malware-Campaigns

US-CERT Phishing Awareness:
https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/st04-014


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