October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month -- beware of online scams after Hurricane Ian
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. After the damage Hurricane Ian left in parts of North Carolina and the U.S. Southeast last week, state officials are warning people to be on higher alert for online scams and threats.
Just days after the storm brought heavy rainfall, strong winds and power outages across the state, Cooper said cybercriminals are out there waiting to take advantage of people in crisis and those who want to help them.
Posing as official representatives of disaster aid organizations or charities, he said scammers frequently use techniques like phishing emails, texts, and phone calls, to solicit personal and financial information and to gain access to devices and networks that can often hold sensitive data.