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Hurricane Rita Scam Patrol

A trusted source tells me that the federal government is partnering with Internet service providers, anti-spam groups, anti-virus companies, several domain name registrars and a handful of foreign governments to form the "Hurricane Rita Task Force," a group dedicated to rooting out Web sites and individuals who seek to profit by pretending to raise funds for would-be victims. The preponderance of scams perpetrated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina prompted U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to outline a series of anti-fraud priorities for the FBI and the Justice Department.

Security Fix is not yet at liberty to divulge all of the groups participating in this effort, but right now we can say that those keeping watch include US-CERT (CERT stands for Computer Emergency Response Team), the Israeli CERT, the SANS Internet Storm Center, anti-phishing company Websense and the Spamhaus Project.

If you or someone you know receives an e-mail that seems like it could be trying to capitalize on this event, you can forward the e-mail to US-CERT or the able folks over at SANS.

By Brian Krebs  |  September 23, 2005; 10:51 AM ET
Categories:  Fraud  
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I personally am in the process of setting up a web site that will Display all the Scams that I have received over the net and in my email.
They will be in regular web page format. However, to keep anyone from contacting these people through email or a web page link, those will be removed from those pages.
I will have it up within a few days and I am hopeful that I will have it listed on search engines as quickly as possible.
I will post the URL here as soon as the site is ready.

Posted by: Gwen VanBrocklyn | September 26, 2005 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"... those keeping watch include US-CERT (CERT stands for Computer Emergency Response Team) ..."

In the case of US-CERT, CERT stands for "Computer Emergency Readiness Team", not "Computer Emergency Response Team".

Posted by: Jefferson Ogata | September 26, 2005 8:03 PM | Report abuse

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