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US urges cyber vigilance after Hurricane Florence

Fraudsters often try to exploit our willingness to help those in need, as Australians have experienced in the aftermath of devastating cyclones.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Centre (NCCIC) in the United States has warned users and administrators to be vigilant for malicious cyber activity in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Fraudulent emails commonly appear after major natural disasters and often contain links or attachments that direct users to malicious websites.

NCCIC urges people to be careful when handling any email with a subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to the hurricane, even if it seems to be from a trusted source.

The US hub for cyber security information advises users to verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organisation directly through a trusted contact number.

Users and administrators can better protect themselves, and their families and businesses, by learning more about phishing scams and malware campaigns.

Read Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) advice about phishing, and how to protect against and recover from identity theft.

Many Australian registered charities can be checked with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) by searching the ACNC Register.

We encourage people to report scams to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch.

If you have been a victim of a cybercrime such as fraud, report it to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).

Date
September 17th, 2018