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Fraudulent Web Sites

We are aware of public reports indicating that attackers are using legitimate web pages to run malicious code on victims’ machines.

Reports, including a posting by Sophos, indicate that these messages
* Include keywords and names related to a current event (such as, the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack)
* Prompt users with a fake virus scan that attempts to make users believe they have a security issue. The users are then asked to download fake security software that is actually malicious code.

Please note that these characteristics may change at any time.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team encourages users and administrators to take the following preventative measures to help mitigate the security risks:
* Install anti-virus software, and keep its virus signature file up to date
* Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks document for more information on social engineering attacks

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