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Cyber attackers are becoming more and more complex with every attack. Now, you do not just have to look for email that looks like spam. You should also be aware of emails that may look legitimate but are not. The OCR recently released a statement about a phishing email that is designed to look like official OCR Audit Communication.
Who is Targeted and How this Phishing Scam
The email comes across looking as though there is nothing wrong. It has a mock version if the HHS Departmental letterhead and even the signature of the OCR’s director, Jocelyn Samuels. To the untrained eye, it looks like it is official government communication. So what is the goal of the phishing email? They have set out to target employees of HIPAA covered entities and business associates. In the email, the recipient is prompted to click a link that is warning of possible inclusion in the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Rules Audit Program. The link does not link back to a government page but instead directs people a non-governmental website that is marketing a firm’s cybersecurity services. The Office of Civil Rights is taking this unauthorized use of their information very seriously and is warning people who may have been targeting to contact them.
How to Avoid Phishing Scams
Phishing scams happen every day. It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether or not an email is legitimate but there are some easy ways to help you determine the difference. Before you click on any links in an email that you think may be suspicious, you should use the following methods to determine it is legitimate.
Phishing scams are a major way hackers get valuable information. You should always avoid opening suspicious emails and make sure that you are being safe. If you would like more information about phishing scams in The United States of America, be sure to contact VITECH via firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 536-2156. Do not become a victim; play it safe.
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