For more holiday shopping tips, check out the Federal Trade Commission. The Department of Homeland Security’s STOP.THINK.CONNECT. Campaign also provides advice and resources to help you stay safe online all year round.
Test your cyber IQ with the quiz question below. You can find the correct answer at the bottom of the Newsletter.
Question: How can you tell if a shopping site or app is legitimate?
Spotlight: U.S. Secret Service
Since its founding in 1865, the role of the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) has evolved dramatically. Today, one of its missions is to combat electronic financial crimes, including bank fraud, data breaches, cyber intrusions, and other computer-related crimes. The USSS Electronic Crimes Task Force focuses on identifying and locating the international cyber criminals responsible for these crimes.
The USSS also helps bring credit card thieves to justice through the Cyber Intelligence Section, which helps arrest transnational cyber criminals responsible for stealing hundreds of millions of credit card numbers. Recently, a USSS investigation lead to the arrest of five men for stealing over $28 million in bogus credit card charges from fake supplement websites. The USSS also provides training to help educate law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges about combating cyber crime.
For more information about the USSS’s cyber crime investigations, please visit www.secretservice.gov/investigation/.
Watch Out for These Three Holiday Phishing Scams
Phishing scams use seemingly legitimate emails to trick you into clicking a malicious link or attachment. Scammers use phishing emails to collect your sensitive personal and financial information or infect your machine with malware and viruses. During the holidays, phishing attacks are extremely common and can have devastating consequences. Here are three common phishing scams to look out for:
You can report suspected phishing attempts in a variety of ways, such as visiting the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) at www.apwg.org. In addition, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) at www.us-cert.gov/report-phishing also collects phishing email messages and website locations to help people avoid becoming victims of phishing scams. Finally, you can visit the National Cyber Security Alliance’sSpam and Phishing page for more information on how to protect yourself against these attacks.
Ready to Use Social Media Posts
Here are suggested posts that you can share on social media to bring attention to cybersecurity and online safety resources from the STOP.THINK.CONNECT. Campaign:
Follow the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber Twitter handle, @cyber, for more cyber tips and news.
Cyber Quiz Answer
The answer to this week’s Cyber Quiz above:
Answer: The Internet is a big place, and new shopping sites and apps are cropping up all the time. Before you trust a site or app with your sensitive information, be sure you aren’t handing over your data to fraudsters or scam artists. Here are some ways to spot fake websites and apps:
You should also enable strong authentication, such as a security key on your device, to protect your information. To learn more about strong authentication, visit Lock Down Your Login atwww.lockdownyourlogin.com.
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