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Bank Acquisitions and Phishing Scams

October 6th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting is aware of an increase in public reports of phishing scams related to recent bank acquisitions. Due to an increase in this activity, DarkFiber Consulting would like to remind users to remain cautious when receiving unsolicited email that could be a potential phishing scam.

Phishing scams may appear as requests for users to verify personal and bank account information, enroll in additional bank services, or activate new security features. The email messages may contain a link that, when clicked, will take the user to a fraudulent web site that appears to be a legitimate bank web site. The users may be asked to provide personal information or that can further expose them to future compromises. Additionally, these fraudulent web sites may contain malicious code.

Users are encouraged to take the following measures to protect themselves from phishing scams:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Email Attack

July 25th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting is aware of public reports of an attack circulating via bogus email messages that claim to be from “US Customs Service.” The messages may contain the subject line “Parcel requires declaration” and indicate that a parcel has been received addressed to the recipient of the email. These messages may also encourage users to open an attachment to the message that may contain malicious code.

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

  • Review the alert posted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding this issue.
  • Do not open attachments contained in unsolicited email messages.
  • Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams (pdf) document for more information on avoiding email scams.
  • Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks document for more information on social engineering attacks.
  • Install anti-virus software and keep virus signature files up to date.

DarkFiber Consulting will provide additional information as it becomes available.