Privacy Perils: Beware of Malware this Election Season

October 21, 2016
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As the heated Presidential election draws toward a close over the next 2 ½ weeks, cybercriminals are looking to take advantage of the nation’s heightened interest in the outcome. There has been a noticeable increase of late in election-themed emails and other online lures intended to distribute malware and spam. One recent example making the rounds is a fake news article purporting to show a photo of a political rally where Donald Trump has collapsed from a heart attack. By clicking on the hoax article, the enticed user either downloads malware or is linked to a malicious site. Be extra cautious during the remainder of the election season about sites you visit and actions you take online to mitigate the threat from election-related criminal activities. Cybercriminals are using this election season as a backdrop for campaigns with a decidedly malicious purpose – don’t end up an unwitting attendee at their convention.

Privacy Perils imageCheck out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.