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NBT Bank Fraud Alerts

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Fraudulent SSL Certificates

NBT Bank has been made aware of public reports of the existence of fraudulent (fake) SSL certificates. SSL certificates or Secure Socket Layer protocol ensure that secure web transactions between websites and web browsers take place. These fraudulent SSL certificates could be used by an attacker to masquerade as a trusted website.  These certificates may be used to spoof content, perform phishing attacks, or perform man-in-the-middle attacks against all Web browser users.

NBT Bank wants to alert customers that multiple web browser vendors (Microsoft, Google, Apple & Mozilla) have provided updates to recognize and block these fraudulent SSL certificates.  Typically, no action is required of customers to install this update, because the majority has automatic updating enabled and this update will be downloaded and installed automatically.

As indicated the fraudulent certificates may be used in a phishing attacks.  NBT Bank encourages all customers to take the following measures to protect you from any type of phishing attempt:

  • Never follow unsolicited webs links or attachments in e-mail messages.
  • Use caution when providing personal information online.
  • Verify the legitimacy of any e-mail by contacting the organization directly through their website.
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spy ware software, and update them all regularly.
  • Never e-mail personal or financial information.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to one of our NBT Bank Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-NBT-BANK (1-800-628-2265).