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New spam uses DHS references to entice victims to malicious sites

If you can’t trust the government, whom can you trust?

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team warns of new spam messages that reference the Homeland Security Department to lure victims to malicious sites. “The attacks arrive via unsolicited e-mail messages that may contain subject lines related to DHS or other government activity,” the US-CERT warning states. “These messages may contain a link or attachment. If users click on this link or open the attachment, they may be infected with malicious code, including the Zeus Trojan.”

The old reliable rules apply here: Don’t follow Web links or open attachments in unsolicited e-mail messages and maintain up-to-date antivirus software. And always be suspicious — just because someone says he’s from the government doesn’t mean he’s here to help you.

About the Author

William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.


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