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Department of Homeland Security Issues Internet Security Alert Ahead of Easter Holiday

Cyber Law and Data Protection Alert | April 13, 2017
By: Linda Perkins

On April 11, 2017, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an alert through its National Cyber Awareness System reminding internet users to stay aware of Easter holiday phishing scams and malware campaigns. These releases are intended to inform the public and business owners of suspected online threats.

In particular, US-CERT has identified a need for increased vigilance concerning:

    • unsolicited shipping notifications that may actually be scams by attackers to solicit personal information (phishing scams),
    • electronic greeting cards that may contain malicious software (malware),
    • requests for charitable contributions that may be phishing scams or solicitations from sources that are not real charities, and
    • false advertisements for holiday accommodations or timeshares.

US-CERT also encourages users and administrators to use caution when reviewing unsolicited messages and further suggests using preventive measure to protect against phishing scams and malware campaigns. Recommendations include:

The original US-CERT release and links to more internet safety and security tips may be found on the US-CERT website.

White and Williams reminds its clients that internet security remains a critical component of any workplace policy or business operation plan. If you have questions or would like to discuss your policies and plans related to data privacy and cybersecurity, please contact Josh Mooney (mooneyj@whiteandwilliams.com; 215.864.6345), Jay Shapiro (shapiroj@whiteandwilliams.com; 212.714.3063) or Linda Perkins (perkinsl@whiteandwilliams.com; 215.864.6866).

This correspondence should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general informational purposes only, and you are urged to consult a lawyer concerning your own situation and legal questions.
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