Chances are in the last several months, you had an individual from the Census Bureau knocking on your door and asking you questions. It’s been a hot topic as the deadline to complete the census rapidly approaches. Today, the FBI Cyber Division released a statement regarding the number of domains spoofing the US Census Bureau’s Websites.
“In the past, cyber actors have used spoofed domains to gather valid usernames, passwords, and email addresses; collect personally identifiable information; and spread malware, leading to further compromises and potential financial losses,” the FBI said. “The Census Bureau remains a target for both criminal and nation-state actors aiming to negatively affect the US Government and create distrust among US citizens.”
See below the list of domains that are NOT registered to the Census Bureau but are very similar to legitimate Census Bureau sites.
So what do you need to do? The FBI suggests paying close attention to the spelling of web addresses or websites – even if they look trustworthy. If you do not already, you need to have a plan in place for a potential cyber-attack. You should always check that the website has an SSL certificate and that the domain is ‘.gov’.
In addition, you need to make sure you are regularly running updates on your operating systems, software, and firmware. That includes anti-malware and anti-virus software. If possible, use multi-factor authentication whenever you can. It is always important to remain diligent and safe!