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Email Attacks Circulating

added February 14, 2008 at 03:27 pm

US-CERT is aware of reports of several email attacks circulating.

The first of these attacks is related to the U.S. presidential election. The email contains a message indicating that there is a video of a candidate interview available and instructs users to follow a link to download the video. If a user clicks on this link, an executable file will be downloaded that contains the Trojan "Trojan.Srizbi."

The second attack is a phishing scam related to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Messages promising faster or larger refunds may request that users provide personal information or may contain links to phishing websites.

US-CERT encourages users to take the following preventative measures to mitigate the security risks:

Install anti-virus software and keep virus signature files up-to-date.
Do not follow unsolicited links.

Block executable and unknown file types at the email gateway.
Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams 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.


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