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MEDIA ALERT: Merry Malware: How to Avoid Holiday Phishing Scams - Business Wire (press release)

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Phishing scams are a persistent problem for businesses and consumers. The Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report revealed that at least one in 10 people fall for phishing attempts.

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:

Ignore and delete messages with poor grammar or formatting, particularly ones that include file attachments or...(continued)
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