Swine Flu can be a computer virus, too!
Apr 30, 2009 12:04pm
By Michael Kaiser, NCSA Executive Director
Unfortunately, there are always people out there ready to take advantage of people during times of crisis.
As we have seen during the financial crisis and recent natural disasters, scam artists, phishers, and other cyber criminals use the day’s headlines to lure people to sites that deposit viruses and malware (malicious software such as spyware) or try to get you to reveal personal information or buy something you don’t need or can get somewhere else for free.
No doubt around the world people are sitting down at computers to get the latest news about the Swine Flu epidemic and what they can do stay healthy. Inboxes are piling up with emails on the epidemic that call for immediate action. In fact, there are some documented cyber related threats already out there, such as cyber criminals using this health threat to infect computers, like this one in Japan and phishing and other attacks like those described in this article on CNET.
At NCSA we want you to stay physically healthy and keep your computer system healthy as well. Always know:
Always be sure that your security software suite, web browser and operating systems are up-to-date. Help yourself out and set them to automatically update so your system is secured against the latest known threats.
To find out about the latest cyber threats go to USCERT at the Department of Homeland Security.
The Swine Flu outbreak is scary and we all want to be sure we protect ourselves and our families. Our leaders stress remaining calm in the face of the crisis and taking the basic steps to protect yourself. The same is true online.
SSO (stay safe online),