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Beware of Japan Aid Scams

Bruce Morton

Security advisors such as the United States Computer Readiness Team (US-CERT) and the SANS Institute are warning people to watch out for online scams related to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief effort.

US-CERT encourages users to take the following measures to protect themselves:

More simply, do not respond to email solicitations, but donate directly to reputable organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, the Humanitarian Coalition and the Red Cross. Also ensure that the donation form is secured with an SSL certificate.

For charitable organization website operators, please consider using an Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate. In addition to enabling encryption security, the EV SSL certificate positively identifies the owner of the website that is requesting the donation. EV SSL certificates were developed by the CA/Browser Forum and are supported by most major browsers and certification authorities (CA).

Bruce Morton
Bruce Morton
Director, Certificate Technology & Standards

Bruce Morton has worked in the public key infrastructure and digital certificate industry for more than 15 years and has focused on SSL and other publicly trusted certificates since 2005. He has been an active member of the CA/Browser Forum that released guidelines for extended validation (EV) certificates and Baseline Requirements for SSL certificates. Bruce oversees the governance and compliance of Entrust’s publicly trusted PKI.

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