CERT has issued a recent warning to be careful with recent disasters and other news events.  These are often used to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information or accepting malware on their systems.

Mississippi Flooding Disaster – Scams and Malware attacks

QUOTE: Users should be aware of potential email scams, fake antivirus, and phishing attacks regarding the Mississippi flooding disaster. Email scams may contain links or attachments that may direct users to phishing or malicious websites. Fake antivirus attacks may come in the form of pop-ups that flash security warnings and ask the user for credit card information. Phishing emails and websites requesting donations for bogus charitable organizations commonly appear after these types of natural disasters.

US-CERT encourages users to take the following measures to protect themselves: