As we have previously advised our members and partners, APCO was made aware of an ongoing threat by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. APCO is providing this update to ensure the information is disseminated as widely as possible.
From DHS: “Business email compromise (BEC) is a scheme in which cybercriminals send out targeted email messages to personnel with finance or resource roles within an organization in order to trick them into transferring funds to the cybercriminals.
Frequently, the BEC emails are made to look like they are from senior executives within an organization or trusted vendors to increase the urgency for victim individuals.”
On the APCO cybersecurity web page, you will find a white paper with detailed information on this scheme.
APCO has also been advised of a potential threat that targeted wireless customers through malicious links masquerading as customer support contained in mobile messages.
If you believe you may have been a victim of either type of attack, please take appropriate action. If you see any email or mobile traffic that appears suspicious, it is important to remember that you should never provide personal information via any email or mobile traffic. Do not open, or even click on, attachments or hyperlinks contained in the email. When in doubt, report the incident to the company or provider by contacting their published public phone number(s) or email for support.