MEDIA ALERT: Merry Malware: How to Avoid Holiday Phishing Scams

Tripwire security researcher offers practical advice to protect
consumers from cybercriminals

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Phishing scams are a persistent problem for businesses and consumers.
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During the holiday season, inboxes everywhere are flooded with e-cards
and messages from relatives, friends and well-wishers. Unfortunately,
some of these emails may include nefarious software.

“Around the holidays, a very common ploy for cyber criminals is to send
fake e-greeting cards with malicious files attached,” said Craig Young,
security researcher at Tripwire. “It’s easy for busy, distracted
consumers to become victims of these schemes, but armed with a few basic
security practices, they can drastically reduce their chances of being
victimized.”

Young recommends consumers take the following precautions during the
holiday season:

  1. Ignore and delete messages with poor grammar or formatting,
    particularly ones that include file attachments or links, as these are
    indicative of phishing or spam emails. Also be suspicious of emails
    that are missing names or use nondescript greetings, such as “Dear Mom
    and Dad.”
  2. Never open emails from unknown addresses with undisclosed recipients,
    especially if the message contains attachments.
  3. If you receive an e-greeting card, consider calling the sender first
    to confirm if they sent one, and if they didn’t, don’t open it.
  4. Always run anti-virus software and keep the signatures up-to-date. If
    you click on something inappropriate, anti-virus software may prevent
    a malware infection.
  5. Apple devices aren’t immune to malware or phishing. As the number of
    Apple users has continued to grow, there has been a corresponding
    increase in malicious software targeting OS X platforms.

“Many people look forward to connecting with friend and family during
the holidays and cyber criminals take advantage of that,” said Young.
“Consumers who take basic precautions are far less likely to be
victimized during the busy holiday season.”

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