FBI email warnings

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  1. Oct 6, 2009 #1

    mmadden55

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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]The FBI

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    Unit has posted the below. Thought I would pass it along.
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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]FRAUDULENT E-MAIL CLAIMING TO CONTAIN FBI “INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN NO. 267”[/SIZE][/FONT]​
    10/05/09—A fraudulent e-mail message claiming to contain a confidential FBI report titled “New Patterns in Al-Qaeda Financing” has been circulating since August 15, 2009. The e-mail has the subject line “Intelligence Bulletin No. 267,” and contains an attachment titled “bulletin.exe.” This message, or similar messages, may contain files that are harmful to the recipient’s system and may try to steal user credentials.
    DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS E-MAIL OR SIMILAR E-MAILS, IT IS A HOAX.
    The FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails or email official reports. Consumers should not respond to any unsolicited e-mails or click on any embedded links, as they may contain viruses or other malicious software.
    Below is an example of the fraudulent e-mail message:
    INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN No. 267
    Title: New Patterns in Al-Qaeda Financing
    Date: August 15, 2009
    THREAT LEVEL: YELLOW (ELEVATED)
    THE INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN PROVIDES LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER PUBLIC SAFET= OFFICIALS WITH SITUATIONAL AWARENESS CONCERNING INTERNATIONAL AND DOMES=IC TERRORIST GROUPS AND TACTICS.
    HANDLING NOTICE: Recipients are reminded that FBI Intelligence Bulletins =ontain sensitive terrorism and counterterrorism information meant for us= primarily within the law enforcement community. Such bulletins are not =o be released either in written or oral form to the media, the general p=blic, or other personnel who do not have a valid ?eed-to-know?with=ut prior approval from an authorized FBI official, as such release could jeopardize national security
    As with many fraudulent e-mail messages, this message contains multiple spelling errors and poor grammar.
    If you have been a victim of Internet crime, please file a complaint at www.IC3.gov.​

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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]FRAUDULENT E-MAIL CLAIMING TO BE FROM DHS AND THE FBI COUNTERTERRORISM DIVISION[/SIZE][/FONT]​
    10/05/09—Fraudulent e-mails containing the subject line “New DHS Report” have been circulating since August 15, 2009. The e-mails claim to be from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI Counterterrorism Division. The e-mail text contains information about “New Usama Bin Ladin Speech Directed to the People of Europe,” and has an attachment titled “audio.exe.” The attachment is purportedly an audio speech from Bin Ladin; however, it actually contains malicious software intended to steal information from the recipient’s system.
    DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS E-MAIL OR SIMILAR E-MAILS, IT IS A HOAX.
    The FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails or e-mail official reports. Consumers should not respond to any unsolicited e-mails or click on any embedded links, as they may contain viruses or malware.
    One example of this fraudulent e-mail message is as follows:
    Subject: New DHS Report
    New Usama Bin Ladin Speech Directed to the People of Europe
    Prepared by DHS/I&A Intelligence Watch and Warning Division and the FBI Counter Terrorism Division
    (U//FOUO) Media outlets are reporting the release of a new audio tape on Al Jazeera today from Usama Bin Ladin, in which he states that all European countries involved in the Afghanistan war should end their support of American oppression in Afghanistan. In the audio message, Bin Ladin claims direct responsibility for the 11 September 2001 attacks and emphasizes that neither the Afghan people nor the Afghan government had foreknowledge of the attacks.
    ////Signed////
    Charlie Allen
    Chief Intelligence Officer
    Department of Homeland Security
    As with many fraudulent e-mail messages, this message contains multiple spelling errors and poor grammar.
    If you have been a victim of Internet crime, please file a complaint at www.IC3.gov. ​

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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]FRAUDULENT E-MAIL CLAIMING TO CONTAIN AN FBI INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN FROM THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION DIRECTORATE[/SIZE][/FONT]​
    10/05/09—A fraudulent e-mail, initially appearing around June 16, 2009, claims to contain a confidential FBI report from the FBI “Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.” The subject line of the email is “RE: Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate,” and contains an attachment “reports.exe.” This message and similar messages may contain a file related to the ‘W32.Waledac” trojan software, which is designed to steal user authentication credentials or send spam messages.
    DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS E-MAIL OR SIMILAR E-MAILS, IT IS A HOAX.
    The FBI does not send unsolicited e-mails or e-mail official reports. Consumers should not respond to any unsolicited e-mails or click on any embedded links, as they may contain viruses or malicious software.
    Below is an example of the fraudulent e-mail:
    CLASSIFIED
    FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
    INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN
    Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate
    HANDLING NOTICE: Recipients are reminded that FBI Intelligence Bulletins contain sensitive terrorism and counterterrorism information meant for use primarily within the law enforcement and homeland security communities. Such bulletins shall not be released, either in written or oral form, to the media, the general public, or other personnel who do not have a valid need-to-know without prior approval from an authorized FBI official, as such release could jeopardize national security.
    Link to malicious software (report.exe)
    If you have been a victim of Internet crime, please file a complaint at www.IC3.gov.​

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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]TECHNIQUES USED BY FRAUDSTERS ON SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES[/SIZE][/FONT]​
    10/01/09—Fraudsters continue to hijack accounts on social networking sites and spread malicious software by using various techniques. One technique involves the use of spam to promote phishing sites, claiming there has been a violation of the terms of agreement or some other type of issue which needs to be resolved. Other spam entices users to download an application or view a video. Some spam appears to be sent from users' "friends", giving the perception of being legitimate. Once the user responds to the phishing site, downloads the application, or clicks on the video link, their computer, telephone or other digital device becomes infected.
    Another technique used by fraudsters involves applications advertised on social networking sites, which appear legitimate; however, some of these applications install malicious code or rogue anti-virus software. Other malicious software gives the fraudsters access to your profile and personal information. These programs will automatically send messages to your "friends" list, instructing them to download the new application too.
    Infected users are often unknowingly spreading additional malware by having infected websites posted on their webpage without their knowledge. Friends are then more apt to click on these sites since they appear to be endorsed by their contacts.
    Tips on avoiding these tactics:

    • Adjust website privacy settings. Some networking sites have provided useful options to assist in adjusting these settings to help protect your identity.
    • Be selective of your friends. Once selected, your "friends" can access any information marked as "viewable by all friends."
    • You can select those who have "limited" access to your profile. This is for those whom you do not wish to give full friend status to or with whom you feel uncomfortable sharing personal information.
    • Disable options and then open them one by one such as texting and photo sharing capabilities. Users should consider how they want to use the social networking site. If it is only to keep in touch with people then perhaps it would be better to turn off the extra options which will not be used.
    • Be careful what you click on. Just because someone posts a link or video to their "wall" does not mean it is safe.
    Those interested in becoming a user of a social networking site and/or current users are recommended to familiarize themselves with the site's policies and procedures before encountering such a problem.
    Each social networking site may have different procedures on how to handle a hijacked or infected account; therefore, you may want to reference their help or FAQ page for instructions.
    Individuals who experienced such incidents are encouraged to file a complaint at www.IC3.gov reporting the incident.​
     
  2. Oct 6, 2009 #2

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    thnx for the heads up, i will pass it along
     
  3. Oct 6, 2009 #3

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    Thanks for posting... I am going to take that last part and share it with the other Admin's on another site I co-run!
     
  4. Oct 6, 2009 #4

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  5. Oct 6, 2009 #5

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    Appreciate the time to post this bud! :thumbsup: