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Homeland Security officials are warning the public to beware of email scams and possible cyberattacks related to Hurricane Irene and the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

New bulletins issued by the Homeland Security Department’s cybersecurity center say computer users should be wary of emails with subject lines referring to the recent hurricane or 9/11 even if they appear to come from reputable sources.

The emails could be so-called phishing scams that masquerade as legitimate requests for personal information or fundraising pleas or may include innocent-looking links to videos or photos.

Clicking on the links could download harmful viruses or take users to malicious websites.

The bulletins were distributed to cyber-security and critical-infrastructure personnel. They were obtained by the Associated Press.

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