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Public warned about malicious email

Published:Friday | November 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM

As the country approaches the busiest shopping season of the year, the Government is urging Jamaicans to exercise the greatest level of caution when conducting online transactions.

This is in light of a malicious email message that is currently circulating on the Internet and which has impacted several Jamaicans so far.

Head of the Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT), Dr Moniphia Hewling, said the malicious email message is being circulated with the subject title 'Jury Selection', and a Government domain address - '.gov.jm.'

"This email is not from any agency of the Government of Jamaica. It contains an attachment embedded as a link which, when clicked, downloads malware which collects personal and financial details which are stored on your device," she said.

She urged Jamaicans to immediately delete this email if they should receive it.

"If you receive any email with the subject 'Jury Selection', please do not click the link or attachment. Do not forward or reply to the email. If possible, do not open this email," she said.

HARD TO DETECT

Hewling pointed out that if the link is clicked on or opened, it downloads a Trojan which is very hard to detect and captures your data. "It has a keylogger, so whatever you type in is captured and sent to whoever is controlling (it)," she said.

She noted that persons have already fallen prey to this act of fraud, which will affect any device to which the file is downloaded.

Hewling reminded the public that any invitation to serve as a juror will be delivered in person by a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and not electronically.

"Remember, stop and think before you click," she said.

The CIRT is charged with creating a framework to build and enhance confidence in the use of cyberspace, with a view to advancing Jamaica's economic interests and maintaining national security under all conditions.