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Fraudulent emails in the name of the NCSC

06.07.2022 - Currently, cybercriminals are sending fraudulent emails in the name of the NCSC. The unknown perpetrators are using a domain name (ncscS.ch) that looks deceptively similar to that of the NCSC (ncsc.ch). Do not reply to these emails!

Week 26: New phishing variants via telephone and personalised text messages

05.07.2022 - At the NCSC, the number of reports received last week was significantly lower, which is mainly due to the decrease in fake extortion emails. Noticeable were phishing attempts in which no link was sent, but in which a callback was requested, as well as phishing text messages containing a personalised link that can be deactivated after use. The two different approaches show that attackers are willing to invest more time and effort in their phishing campaigns.

Be mindful of cybersecurity even during your holidays

01.07.2022 -In July, the summer holiday season is just around the corner for many of us. But especially during these weeks, there are many things to bear in mind when it comes to cybersecurity, be it when making bookings, surfing when you are out and about or correct social media conduct. One thing is clear: cybercriminals do not take holidays.

Week 25: Increase in reports of incidents involving encryption Trojans (ransomware)

28.06.2022 - The NCSC again received a large number of reports last week. Eight reports on encryption Trojans, also known as ransomware, remind us how important it is to take precautions to protect ourselves from such attacks.

Cybermyth: If I click on a link, it will really take me to the specified website.

23.06.2022 - The internet lives on the use of links. As they enable you to surf from one website to the next, the internet would never have become so successful without them. But not every link leads to the page you expect. This is because any link whatsoever can be placed behind any text on a website.

Week 24: Personal devices when working from home pose high risks

21.06.2022 - The number of reports received by the NCSC remained at the same high level last week. An incident involving a data leak and ensuing blackmail shows that using private devices to access company networks entails considerable risks.

Nine practical tips for secure mobile phone use

16.06.2022 - Mobile phones have become our permanent companions. These small, compact devices also contain more and more personal data, such as photos, contacts, emails and text messages. Therefore, the loss or theft of data can quickly result in serious consequences. In general, the same security rules apply as for a PC or notebook, except that a mobile phone's size makes it is easier to steal or lose. The NCSC has compiled nine practical tips to make your mobile phone more secure. The focus is on public WLAN use.

Week 23: Supposed SBB competition and the importance of quickly applying patches

14.06.2022 - The number of reports received by the NCSC was high again last week. A supposed SBB competition spread very quickly thanks to the snowball system. And one report provided a perfect example of how important it is to apply patches swiftly.

Week 22: Fake telephone numbers and fake invoices

08.06.2022 - DThe number of reports received by the NCSC was high last week. Aside from the threatening emails supposedly from the police, the NCSC mainly received reports concerning fake telephone numbers. In addition, the NCSC received a tip-off about an invoice manipulation scam that targeted a company's customers.

Week 21: Cases of investment fraud with large losses

31.05.2022 - The number of reports received by the NCSC remained high last week. This was once again due to threatening emails allegedly from the police. Italian versions of these were also reported at the weekend. In addition, the NCSC received reports concerning various cases of investment fraud, some of which involved substantial losses. In most cases, a little research would have quickly revealed the fraud.

Last modification 07.01.2022

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