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Two New Fraudulent E-mails Pose as Facebook and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Two New Fraudulent E-mails Pose as Facebook and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

By Matthew Harwood
10/28/2009Two new fraudulent e-mails are trying  to lure unsuspecting victims into installing malware on their computers, says a leading Web and e-mail security provider.

Analysts at M86 Security Labs yesterday publicized two e-mails pumped out by the Pushdo botnet that pose as Facebook and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Each e-mail uses a different trick to download malware onto the target’s computer.

The Facebook e-mail carries a subject line advertising a password reset confirmation. When the e-mail is opened, the message reads that Facebook has changed the user’s password and that her new password is in the attached document.

Continue reading at source: http://www.securitymanagement.com/news/two-new-fraudulent-e-mails-pose-facebook-and-federal-deposit-insurance-corporation-006378

Computer Services Information Security 2009-10-23 11:51:22

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

 

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month!

National Cyber Security Awareness month is now in its 6th year as a coordinated effort of the National Cyber Security Alliance http://www.staysafeonline.info/, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1158611596104.shtm, and The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MSISAC) http://www.msisac.org/.

On October 1, 2009, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation naming October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-National-Cybersecurity-Awareness-Month/ . President Obama’s proclamation outlines very well the overall cyber security landscape and why each of us has a responsibility to educate ourselves. As our society becomes more integrated with and dependent on technology, it is critical that we all understand our part. The theme for this year is “Our Shared Responsibility”. That means that each of us has a part in keeping our computers, networks and ourselves safe online at home, at work and when we are mobile.

We encourage you to click on the links provided and take a look at the many resources out there – on topics ranging from social engineering and dumpster-diving to social networking and smartphone security – all designed to help understand what steps each of us can take to navigate safely in cyberspace!

On Wednesday October 28th, the Information Security team will have a table setup on the 2nd floor of the PSU with hand-outs and bookmarks that have helpful information on safe computing. Stop by and see us!

Other helpful links:

Federal Government: http://www.onguardonline.gov/

Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/protect/

Missouri Cyber Security: http://cybersecurity.mo.gov/