Pub­lic be­ing warned about ma­li­cious email

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

AS THE coun­try ap­proaches the busiest shop­ping sea­son of the year, the Gov­ern­ment is urg­ing Ja­maicans to ex­er­cise the great­est level of cau­tion when con­duct­ing on­line trans­ac­tions.

This is in light of a ma­li­cious email mes­sage that is cur­rently cir­cu­lat­ing on the In­ter­net and which has im­pacted sev­eral Ja­maicans so far.

Head of the Cy­ber In­ci­dent Re­sponse Team (CIRT), Dr Moniphia Hewl­ing, said the ma­li­cious email mes­sage is be­ing cir­cu­lated with the sub­ject ti­tle ‘Jury Se­lec­tion’, and a Gov­ern­ment do­main ad­dress – ‘.gov.jm.’

“This email is not from any agency of the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­maica. It con­tains an at­tach­ment em­bed­ded as a link which, when clicked, down­loads mal­ware which col­lects per­sonal and fi­nan­cial de­tails which are stored on your de­vice,” she said.

She urged Ja­maicans to im­me­di­ately delete this email if they should re­ceive it.

“If you re­ceive any email with the sub­ject ‘Jury Se­lec­tion’, please do not click the link or at­tach­ment. Do not for­ward or re­ply to the email. If pos­si­ble, do not open this email,” she said.

HARD TO DE­TECT

Hewl­ing pointed out that if the link is clicked on or opened, it down­loads a Tro­jan which is very hard to de­tect and cap­tures your data. “It has a key­log­ger, so what­ever you type in is cap­tured and sent to who­ever is con­trol­ling (it),” she said.

She noted that per­sons have al­ready fallen prey to this act of fraud, which will af­fect any de­vice to which the file is down­loaded.

Hewl­ing re­minded the pub­lic that any in­vi­ta­tion to serve as a ju­ror will be de­liv­ered in per­son by a mem­ber of the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force, and not elec­tron­i­cally.

“Re­mem­ber, stop and think be­fore you click,” she said.

The CIRT is charged with cre­at­ing a frame­work to build and en­hance con­fi­dence in the use of cy­berspace, with a view to ad­vanc­ing Ja­maica’s economic in­ter­ests and main­tain­ing national se­cu­rity un­der all con­di­tions.

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