Technology and Communications Updates
distributed malware, ransom-ware and spoofing within healthcare and other communities.

Within the MTMUMC community there have been two recently reported spoofing incidents.
Spoofing occurs when a perpetrator uses another's e-mail address, without permission, to    
forward malicious links or attachments that may lead to the introduction of viruses on a
trusting recipient's computer (PC/MAC/Smart Phone/Tablet/etc.) should such links or
attachments be opened.  If malicious links or attachments within a spoofed e-mail are
opened, it can lead to a  simple annoyance or up to actual theft or destruction of information
on the recipient's computer. Spoofing and the opening of malicious embedded links or
attachments in the spoofed e-mail can lead to hacking - a perpetrator actually gaining
remote access to the target's computer for the purpose of stealing or destroying
information.  

In this age of  increased cyber security criminal activity please remain vigilant in using your     
computers, your home network and church network resources.  Do not download or open   
attachments or launch web sessions in suspicious emails, emails from unrecognized
senders or e-mails from apparently known senders but that include suspicious looking
links.  Delete such  E-mails (if possible without opening them) and do not forward them to
others!  Use of up-to-date virus detection software and frequent scans for viruses (e.g.,
McAfee, Norton, AVG) is highly recommended.  However, such software might not prevent
the introduction of viruses if the prudent steps noted above are not taken.

Respectfully Submitted,

Rachel Merva, President, Board of Trustees
Bob Lawrence, Chair, Technology and Communications Committee
Brian Bodt, Pastor