As if the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are not bad enough, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) of the Department of Homeland Security is warning of a different threat: falling victim (or exposing your entire company) to Harvey-related phishing schemes.
Fraudulent emails carrying malware payloads or directing users to phishing or malware-infected websites have been identified and US-CERT is issuing cautions. Emails requesting donations or appearing as “breaking news” alerts often appear during and after major natural disasters.
The warning continues:
US-CERT encourages users and administrators to use caution when encountering these types of email messages and take the following preventative measures to protect themselves from phishing scams and malware campaigns:
Make sure to take a minute and remind your network users about this scam so that we don’t create a new set of Harvey-related victims out of those who were just trying to help.