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Japan Earthquake: Possible scams / malware

There will probably be some emails scams and malware circulating regarding the recent Japanese earthquake that occurred overnight. If you receive such emails, could you provide samples using our contact form?

Be aware off

Fraudulent Organizations: If possible, donate to organizations you know and trust, not to new organizations just set up for this particular event. The IRS maintains a list of tax exempt charitable organizations [1]. This list is not 100% up to date, and it takes a while for a new organization to be added. But it can serve as a first sanity check.

Malware: Malware may be advertised as a video report of the event or come under other pretenses.


Guy Bruneau IPSS Inc. gbruneau at isc dot sans dot edu


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