Cybersecurity Team Warns Filipinos About Opening Suspicious Holiday Greetings On Messaging Apps

Think before you click!
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With the holiday season far from over, your favorite messaging app might be buzzing with notifications from friends who are greeting you a happy holiday.

While it’s tempting to click on these messages, a cybersecurity nonprofit called Cyber Security Philippines - Computer Emergency Response Team (CSP-CERT) warned Pinoys on clicking malicious and fraudulent Christmas and New Year greetings sent via popular social messenger apps like Facebook Messenger.

In a Facebook post, the CSP-CERT shared how these fraudulent holiday greetings work, as well as the malicious websites that netizens must be aware of:

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PhilStar reported that the CSP-CERT said, “Careful with opening greeting notifications via Messenger this New Year. Better yet, before opening one, confirm first with your friend, family, and relatives if they [have] indeed sent one.”

The group also advised those who have accessed these suspicious greetings to immediately change their passwords to their banking and social media accounts, reset their browsers, and update their anti-malware, and run a scan.

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