DarkFiber Consulting – IT Managed Services

IRS Warns of Online Scams

January 27th, 2010 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting is aware of reports of tax season phishing scams. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has issued a news release on its website warning consumers about potential scams. These scams are circulating via fraudulent email or other online messages appearing to come from the IRS. They attempt to convince consumers to reveal personal and financial information that can be used to gain access to bank accounts, credit cards, and other financial institutions.

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users to do the following to mitigate the risks:

Montgomery County Animal Shelter Search Engine Poisoning Campaign

October 14th, 2009 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting is aware of public reports regarding a search engine result poisoning campaign affecting search results for the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. Users seeking details on rumors about the closure of a “Montgomery County Animal Shelter” may be led to click on illegitimate search results which attempt to download malicious code. The rumors are being spread via e-mail, forums, and social networking sites, usually taking the form of a plea for readers to contact the shelter and adopt animals prior to the shelter’s closing.

DarkFiber Consulting is monitoring the situation and will provide updates as they become available.

Spam, Phishing, and Malicious Code Related to Recent Celebrity Deaths

July 2nd, 2009 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting is aware of public reports of an increased number of spam campaigns, phishing attacks, and malicious code targeting the recent deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. These email messages may attempt to gain user information through phishing attacks or by recording email addresses if the user replies to the message. Additionally, email messages may contain malicious code or may contain a link to a seemingly legitimate website containing malicious code.

DarkFiber Consulting would like to remind users to remain cautious when
receiving unsolicited email. Users are encouraged to take the following measures to protect themselves from these types of attacks:

Malware Targeting Adobe Flash Player

August 5th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

Adobe has issued a Security Bulletin warning of malware spreading via a fraudulent Flash Player installer. Adobe warns that a worm is making fraudulent posts on social networking sites. These posts include links that lead to fake sites that prompt users to update their versions of Flash Player. If users attempt to use the installer to make the update, malware may be downloaded and installed onto their systems.

DarkFiber Consulting urges users and administrators to take the following preventative measures to help mitigate the security risks: