In the wake of the recent shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH, the
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) advises users to watch
out for possible malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on these tragic
events. Users should exercise caution in handling emails related to the
shootings, even if they appear to originate from trusted sources. Fraudulent
emails often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or
malware-infected websites. Emails requesting donations from duplicitous
charitable organizations are also common after tragic events. Be wary of
fraudulent social media pleas, calls, texts, donation websites, and
door-to-door solicitations relating to these events.
To avoid becoming a victim of malicious activity, users and administrators
should consider taking the following preventive measures:
- Use caution when opening email attachments, and do not
click on links in unsolicited email messages. Refer to CISA’s Tip on Using Caution with Email
- Review CISA’s Tip on Staying Safe on Social
- Refer to CISA’s Tip on Avoiding Social
Engineering and Phishing Attacks.
- Review the information from the Federal Trade
Commission on Before
Giving to a Charity.