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Georgia Authorities Probe Into State Mansion of Governor Hit with Phishing Attack

GTA (Georgia Technology Authority), which is critical for IT infrastructure of the state, has started one investigation into certain phishing attack aimed at the Mansion of Georgia's Governor, thus published AJC.com dated September 10, 2015.

Reportedly according to Paula Calhoun, Authority Spokeswoman, an infringement was made at the official residence of Governor Nathan Deal inside Buckhead (Georgia, USA) on 9th September 2015. AJC.com reported this.

Calhoun stated that it was still to be clarified if information was hijacked.

She further stated that while the residential office of the governor wasn't allowed to give out information regarding IT security related events; lead officers of the agency were talking to the Governor's officers while work was on regarding the breach as per plan.

Phishing assaults, a frequent type of online deception, occur when a cyber-criminal dispatches an e-mail or text message which contains one genuine looking web-link. Subsequently, the phishers attempt at manipulating the recipient into providing his passwords, financial information and other kinds of personal details that they can filch to serve malicious purposes.

Chris Riley, Ms Deal's aide said that security officials of the federation and state got proactive when a volunteer unknowingly contaminated the Mansion situated Wi-Fi network with one phishing virus. Myajc.com reported this, September 10, 2015.

Regrettably, it isn't just Georgia's Governor who as US government's highly positioned person is presently under scammers' exploitation since according to one similar instance within Dallas (Texas), e-mail scammers have posed as David Brown the chief of Dallas Police.

According to one statement by Dallas Police, the fraudulent electronic mails reaching the general public illegitimately gather their financial details. Foxsanantonio.com reported this, September 8, 2015.

Meanwhile, investigation has started with the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) also providing assistance. As per specialists, victims must erase the phishing electronic mails while talk to Dallas Police incase the e-mails come to them.

Earlier during November 2013, Dallas Police cautioned of one Internet-based financial fraud going on globally which exploited the name of David Brown of Dallas Police while asked for some kind of fee payment. According to authorities, those fraudsters seemingly had their base in Ghana.

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