Police officers have been warned to keep a close eye on their online behaviour after it emerged a string of criminals have been caught using the same tactic.
Police have warned officers not to fall for online scams or other online scams in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a warning for anyone looking to take advantage of the growing problem of online criminals and scams.
“We are very concerned about this, particularly in light of the recent announcement that this virus has infected over 100,000 computers worldwide,” the DHS warned.
“It’s critical that our citizens, law enforcement agencies and private companies take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from this virus.”
The Department also warned against downloading software without being able to test it for malware.
“Downloading software is not a viable option,” the department said.
“We recommend that you test the software before installing it to ensure it is virus-free and that you do not install software from unknown sources.”
The agency warned that any attempt to access or install a malicious software program on a computer could result in a “crash”.
“Once a malicious program has been installed, it is very easy to run it, copy it to a remote location, and delete it,” the warning said.
The department also urged anyone who wants to protect their personal information, including their passwords, to change them.
“Do not store passwords on a network or on any other device, and do not use passwords to access any other service or application, including social media platforms or websites,” the bulletin said.
It also said the Department of Justice (DoJ) has issued guidance for police officers to follow if they want to be safe online.”DOJ has issued this guidance to advise police officers not use social media as a means to evade detection,” the agency said.
“DOJ recommends that officers use a public-facing social media platform like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest or any other social media portal.”
The advice comes after a US Department of Education (Dept) spokesperson said a study conducted by the department found that only 4% of schools reported any type of cyber threat on their campus.
“A school’s cyber threat is determined by a team of cybersecurity professionals from multiple federal agencies including the Department, Department of Defense, Department and Homeland Security,” the statement read.
“They review cyber threat assessments to ensure they are not too broad or too specific and provide guidance to the schools on how to respond.”
It also noted that nearly a third of schools were not being tested on cyber security measures, such as the use of malware and phishing.
The statement also said that only 30% of school districts were tested on the use and effectiveness of cybersecurity measures.
The agency added that the department had a program called Hacking Schools to educate schools on the risks posed by viruses and other cyber threats.
“The Hacking School program is one of the few federal programs that is designed to educate students on the cyber threat landscape, with a specific focus on cybersecurity threats in schools,” the Dept said.
The DoJ statement also noted it was the first department to publish the results of a study into the effectiveness of the Hacking schools program, which found that the program was effective at reducing cyber threat levels.
“In fact, it has led to significant improvements in cyber threat detection rates and the overall effectiveness of our cybersecurity programs,” it said.