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Internet-Based Attacks on Government Departments

The fake Federal Trade Commission phishing email in late 2007 (designed to download a Trojan and steal confidential information) was extremely effective. Key Logging Trojans installed at the Department of Transportation in September 2007 allowed hackers to remotely control department PC's. A number of other attacks have been noted in the press in the past two years, most involving key loggers, and many combining key logging with phishing or spear phishing emails.

E-Government

Many government departments:

1:: Need to communicate with a large number of people on a regular basis;

2:: Collect and hold sensitive personal data; and

3:: Are responsible for large sums of money.
This makes them a prime target for identity thieves and cyber-criminals.

Because of this need for regular consistent communication and information gathering, utilizing the net helps standardize these communications and collect the data cost-efficiently.

SentryBay's EntryProtect prevents key logging of any key data entry fields utilized within a web-based application. This safeguards data entered by users from spyware.

If users are also susceptible to phishing scams (this is likely to be the case for most major e-government applications), then deploying EntryProtect together with SentryBay's PhishLock solution will ensure a user cannot inadvertently submit their personal data to a phishing site. This solution also immediately notifies the department/agency the first time any user loads the phishing site.

For further information, visit the EntryProtect or PhishLock product sections.