US-CERT warns of New Zealand mosque shooting scams and malware campaigns

In the wake of the New Zealand mosque shooting, the CISA recommends users to remain vigilant on possible scams and malware attacks.

Yesterday the horrible mass mosque shooting in New Zealand made the headlines, fifty people were killed. A gunman used GoPro to transmit a live stream of the massacre at a mosque.

Source: The Financial Times

Despite social media companies immediately removed the content from their platforms it is still possible to find multiple copies of the shooting videos online.

YouTube issued a statement condemning the snuff videos, confirming that it is removing them from its platform.

Unfortunately, curious people are searching for the video of the
New Zealand mosque shooting and crooks are aware of that and are attempting to exploit the interest in the cruel footage.

In the wake of the New Zealand mosque shooting, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommends users to remain vigilant on possible scams and malware attacks.

Government experts are warning of spam campaigns using messages containing links pointing to malware or using malicious attachments.

“Users should exercise caution in handling emails related to the shooting, even if they appear to originate from trusted sources.” reads the security advisory published by the US-CERT. “Fraudulent emails often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites.”

Experts believe attackers could use fake emails requesting donations from charitable organizations are, the US-CERT warns of fraudulent social media pleas, calls, texts, donation websites, and door-to-door solicitations relating to the event.

To avoid becoming a victim of malicious activity, users have to use caution when opening email attachments, even if the messages are sent from trusted sources. Another best practice consists of avoiding to click on links in unsolicited email messages.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – New Zealand mosque shooting, hacking)

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Pierluigi Paganini: Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines. Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.

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