The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) warns users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on interest in Hurricane Harvey.

Members of the Broadleaf team have friends and family in Houston that have been providing us with regular updates about how they are doing during this disaster. One thing for sure is that this catastrophic storm has brought out the best in people and most are helping each other in any way that they can. Unfortunately, there are those who will seek to profit from a disaster and it is important to realize that post storm phishing scams are out there.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has posted the following alert: “US-CERT warns users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on interest in Hurricane Harvey. Users are advised to exercise caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Harvey, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source. Fraudulent emails will often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Emails requesting donations from duplicitous charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters.”

US-CERT has provided a good list of precautions for users and administrators to take in order to avoid these scams. For full details, go to https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/28/Potential-Hurricane-Harvey-Phishing-Scams

As always, the Broadleaf team is here to assist you. Please contact us if you have questions about preventing malicious attacks on your network.

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