Monday, March 29, 2010

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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