The Department of Homeland Security officials are warning the public to beware of email scams and possible cyberattacks related to the recent Hurricane Irene and the upcoming 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.
Recent bulletins issued by the Homeland Security Department’s cybersecurity center indicated that computer users should be cautious when receiving emails with subject lines referring to Irene or 9/11 despite the source.
Officials are concerned that these emails could be phishing scams that request personal information or make fundraising pleas including links to video or photos. Since cybercriminals routinely utilize high-profile events to entice users to open links containing malware, officials ask users to be vigilant when opening emails.
The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center distributed the bulletins to federal, state and local officials as well as cybersecurity and critical infrastructure personnel. They were obtained by The Associated Press.
People who believe they may have been a victim of a phishing attack can report it by sending an email to the DHS’ Computer Emergency Readiness Team.