Cybercriminals often try to capitalize on the outpouring of support for those impacted by natural disasters to trick those seeking to help to reveal private information or downloading malicious software. Numerous scams are circulating via email and social media from cyberattackers hoping to take advantage of people looking to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
We encourage the FIT community to remain vigilant and use extra caution when handling emails with subject lines, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Harvey, even if it appears to be from a trusted source.
What can you do to protect yourself?
- Pay attention to the URL of a website. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (for example: .com vs. .net).
- Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages.
- Do not provide personal information or information about your organization.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
- Do not send sensitive information over the internet before checking a website’s security.
- Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages or open any attachments.
- Keep antivirus and other computer software up to date.
How can you help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey?
- You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB National Charity Report Directory.
- NPR has created a list of organizations and ways you can help.
- Review the Federal Trade Commission’s information on Wise Giving in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey.
The Division of Information Technology is dedicated to informing the community of the latest cybersecurity threats. Visit fitnyc.edu/cybersafe and stay tuned for emails from Cybersafe@fitnyc.edu for the latest from the Cybersafe campaign at FIT.
Be aware—and be cybersafe!
Questions? Comments? Email TechHelp@fitnyc.edu or call 212 217.HELP (4357).