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FROM THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) recently received a report of a small dental office computer hacked with ransomware. The screen had a message of requiring bitcoin payment to decrypt their files.
There are many possible ways ransomware can be received. It is suspected that this office received some emails, instead of the usual faxes, from unknown vendors and the emails had the “if you wish to be taken off our list” click here message. See below for a few reminders of best practice “do’s and don’ts”:
How to recognize Phishing Scams:
• Requests for personal information.
• Urgent wording.
• The need to open either a URL or an attachment.
• May use poor English (NOTE: some hackers have hired teachers to improve their English spelling and grammar skills).
Cyber criminals have become much better by learning English grammar and spelling as well as copying real business correspondence in order to trick the target into clicking on an infected link. Delete any unknown/unsolicited email, don’t reply or click on anything in it.
Often the domain from email does not match that from the Link. NOTE: To identify malicious links – HOVER OVER THEM BUT DO NOT CLICK! If the hover info does not match what is shown report it and delete..
– Email: jefferey.jones@whitehouse[dot]gov when hovered over shows it is actually the Link: http://elvis.com[dot]au/card/
Phishing often uses a mix of emails and web sites that mimic well known and trusted brands. Examples include:
• Government agencies
• Shipping companies
Phishing often takes advantage of current events:
• Death of Osama Bin Laden
• Natural disasters
• The Super Bowl
Links may be designed to trick the eye:
These are NOT www.microsoft.com
• Do NOT trust unsolicited emails.
• Do NOT trust any emails that appear to be from someone you know but is asking for something unusual, it could be a spoofed address.
• Do NOT click links or attachments in unsolicited emails.
• Do NOT provide personal information or information about your organization.
• Do NOT respond to phishing emails.
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