Hurricane Victims Not Immune to Cyber Threats

September 2017

Cyber threats continue to grow in size and sophistication, targeting organizations of all sizes across any industry. Cyber criminals thrive by uncovering vulnerabilities, and those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are no exception. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has warned of a number of potential phishing scams targeting organizations and individuals across the country.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has offered the following advice to help protect your organization from falling victim to these scams:
  • Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages
  • Use caution when opening email attachments. Refer to the “Using Caution with Email Attachments” tip for more information on safely handling email attachments
  • Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date
  • Refer to  “Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks” for more information on social attacks
  • Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB National Charity Report Index

BDO Disaster Response

In an effort to help to those impacted, government agencies have announced relief measures, from tax extensions and hardship distributions to tax-exempt employer assistance, and even guidance on cyber threats related to hurricane relief.