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The US-CERT Current Activity web page is a regularly updated summary of the most frequent, high-impact types of security incidents currently being reported to the US-CERT.

Osama Bin Laden's Death Email Scams, Fake Antivirus, and Phishing Attack Warning

Users should be aware of potential email scams, fake antivirus, and phishing attacks regarding Osama Bin Laden's death. Email scams may contain links or attachments that may direct users to malicious websites. Fake antivirus attacks may come in the form of pop-ups that flash security warnings and ask the user for credit card information. Phishing emails and websites requesting personal information commonly appear after this type of news.

US-CERT encourages users to take the following measures to protect themselves:

Video Game Phishing

US-CERT is aware of reports that some users on the Xbox 360 video game system are receiving potential phishing attempts through an in-game messaging service. In-game message phishing is not a Microsoft issue and has nothing to do with Xbox LIVE. Games are products of third party developers that are playable on Xbox LIVE and other gaming systems.

Microsoft has posted a service alert on the Xbox LIVE status page regarding this issue.

US-CERT encourages users to take the following measures to protect themselves from these types of phishing attacks:

Mozilla Releases Firefox updates

Mozilla has released Firefox 4.0.1, 3.6.17, and 3.5.19 to address multiple vulnerabilities. The impact of these vulnerabilities includes arbitrary code execution, privilege escalation, directory traversal, and information disclosure.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Foundation Security Advisories for April 28, 2011 and apply any necessary updates to mitigate the risks.


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