Hackers Riddle Fake DHS E-mails with Malware

By Matthew Harwood

Hackers have a new guise to attack federal, state, and local government and law enforcement departments: fake malware-riddled e-mails from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), reports the Associated Press.

Homeland Security officials are warning that some e-mails purporting to be from the department's intelligence division were fake and contained malicious software.The e-mails actually originated from Internet addresses in Latvia and Russia, according to a brief alert from the Homeland Security Department's counterintelligence unit the department said ...

According to the document obtained by the AP, the e-mails had text made to look like an intelligence product from DHS and contained links known to steal a victim's banking password. In response, DHS sent an alert to the Defense Department and state and local officials. The agency has fielded numerous complaints about the e-mails since June, the AP reports.

DHS Emblem by Raymond Yee/Flickr


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