Beware of Ebola phishing scams

Oct. 21, 2014 - As coverage for the Ebola virus continues to be highlighted in international, national and local news, as well as in 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 users into opening attachments containing malicious code or to click on links directed to websites to collect personal information.  Clients should practice safe internet browsing both on personal and corporate computer systems.

Protective measures against phishing scams and malware campaigns include:

  • Maintain up-to-date anitvirus 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.
  • For certain browsers (e.g. Chrome, Firefox), enable "click to play" in your Internet browser to avoid automatically playing embedded content on a web page (i.e. news sites, Facebook, etc.). Note: Internet Explorer does not have native "click to play."
  • 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 website.
  • Verify the identity of the person with whom you are communicating with.