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Fake Browser Updates January 2020
Fake Browser Updates
Be on the lookout for fake browser update messages that appear when you are online at work or at home. These messages claim your browser (Chrome or Internet Explorer, for example) is out of date and needs to be updated. Displayed logos will match the browser you are using, and the text in the window will prompt you to download a file in order to apply safety and security updates.
Fake browser updates are dangerous. If you initiate a download, you will expose your device, your data and our organization to a cyber attack.
The link below takes you to a brief (two-minute) module that shows an example of a fake update message and helps explain the techniques cybercriminals use to fool people. You can also read the attached PDF for more information.
Link to the module: Fake Update Messages
(Note: This link will take you to the website of Wombat Security, a division of Proofpoint.)
Please familiarize yourself with this scam and remain alert. Fake browser updates could appear on any website, even those you visit frequently. If you encounter a suspicious message, be sure to report it to our IT Security Team.
You can also find a PDF here that gives you more information on the fake browser updates.