Monday, March 29, 2010

New! Milestone Documents in World History

Milestone Documents in World History has been added to our Salem History online content. Access it in the library, or from home! http://www.lansing.lib.il.us/catalog.html#salem

US Tax Season Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

US-CERT Current Activity

US Tax Season Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns

Original release date: March 26, 2010 at 10:21 am
Last revised: March 26, 2010 at 10:21 am


In the past, US-CERT has received reports of an increased number of
phishing scams and malware campaigns that take advantage of the United
States tax season. Due to the upcoming tax deadline, US-CERT reminds
users to remain cautious when receiving unsolicited email that could
be part of a potential phishing scam or malware campaign.

These phishing scams and malware campaigns may include the following:
information that refers to a tax refund, warnings about unreported or
under-reported income, offers to assist in filing for a refund, or
details about fake e-file websites. These messages, which appear to be
from the IRS, may ask users to submit personal information via email
or may instruct the user to follow a link to a website that requests
personal information or contains malicious code.

At this time, US-CERT is aware of public reports indicating that there
is active circulation of a tax season malware campaign. This malware
campaign may be using malicious code commonly known as Zeus or Zbot.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to take the following
measures to protect themselves from these types of phishing scams and
malware campaigns:
* Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages.
* Maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
* Refer to the IRS website related to phishing, email, and bogus
website scams for scam samples and reporting information.
* Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams (pdf) document
for more information on avoiding email scams.
* Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks
document for more information on social engineering attacks.

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http://www.us-cert.gov/current/index.html#us_tax_season_phishing_scams

Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Email Scam

US-CERT Current Activity

Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Email Scam

Original release date: March 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Last revised: March 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm


US-CERT is aware of public reports of an active email scam. These
emails, which appear to come from seemingly legitimate law firms,
indicate that someone has filed a copyright lawsuit against the
message recipient. The messages may contain malicious attachments or
web links. If a user opens the attachment or follows the link,
malicious code may be installed on the user's system.

US-CERT encourages users to take the following preventative measures
to help mitigate the security risks:
* Do not follow unsolicited web links and do not open unsolicited
email messages.
* Maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
* Use caution when visiting untrusted websites.
* Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams (pdf) document
for more information on avoiding email scams.
* Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks
document for more information on social engineering attacks.

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http://www.us-cert.gov/current/index.html#copyright_infringement_lawsuit_email_scam

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

EBSCOhost Available!

EBSCOhost is once again available to search for magazine articles, including the full-text of Consumer Reports articles for free! (Lansing Library card required for remote access)

Kids Search, Searchasaurus and Student Research Center have been discontinued. Please use the regular EBSCO link to access articles.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

EbscoHost Magazine Articles Online

Ebsco is currently unavailable.
We hope to have service restored soon.