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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.

IC3 Releases Alert for a Scam Targeting Businesses

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert warning companies of a sophisticated wire payment scam dubbed the Business E-mail Compromise. Scammers use fraudulent information to trick companies into directing financial transactions into accounts they control.

Users are encouraged to review the IC3 Scam Alert for details and refer to the US-CERT Tip ST04-014 for information on social engineering and phishing attacks.

FBI Releases "Ransomware on the Rise"

The FBI has released an article addressing ransomware campaigns that use intimidating messages claiming to be from the FBI or other government agencies. Scam operators use ransomware – a type of malicious software – to infect a computer and restrict access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the FBI article "Ransomware on the Rise" for details and refer to Alert TA-295A for information on Crypto Ransomware.

Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome

Google has released Chrome 40.0.2214.91 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition or obtain personal information.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Google Chrome blog entry and apply the necessary updates.

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