(Dec. 3, 2009) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has received reports of fraudulent e-mails (phishing) referencing a CDC-sponsored State Vaccination Program for H1N1 flu. The messages request that users create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the CDC.gov Web site. But users that click on the embedded link in the e-mail are at risk of having malicious code installed on their system. CDC reminds users to take the following steps to reduce the risk of being a victim of a phishing attack:
--Do not open or respond to unsolicited email messages.
--Do not click links embedded in emails from unknown senders.
--Use caution when entering personal information online.
--Update anti-virus, spyware, firewall, and anti-spam software regularly.