The Obama administration will hold a public meeting at the White House on Wednesday to discuss industry and government efforts to combat botnet activity. Among them is a pilot program to share information about botnet victims between banks and Internet service providers, according to sources familiar with the event.
Security experts are warning consumers to be especially alert for more targeted email scams in the coming weeks and months, following news that a breach at a major email marketing firm exposed names and email addresses for customers of some of the nation’s largest banks and corporate brand names.
Not long ago, most companies whose brands were being abused in phishing scams focused their efforts mainly on shuttering the counterfeit sites as quickly as possible. These days, an increasing number of phished brands are not only disabling the sites, but also seizing on the opportunity to teach would-be victims how to spot future scams.