Coronavirus COVID-19 Cyber Security Information
During these trying times, scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. They're setting up websites to sell fake products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a way to take your money and get your personal information.
The emails and posts may be promoting awareness and prevention tips, and fake information about cases in your neighbourhood. They also may be asking you to donate to victims, offering advice on unproven treatments, or contain malicious email attachments. Below are a couple of examples to be on the lookout for.
Spam emails and Phishing attempts
The overwhelming amount of news coverage surrounding the novel coronavirus has created a new danger, phishing attacks looking to exploit public fears about the sometimes-deadly virus.
Cybercriminals send emails claiming to be from legitimate organizations with information about the coronavirus. The email messages might ask you to open an attachment to see the latest statistics. If you click on the attachment or embedded link, you're likely to download malicious software onto your device. They might even ask you to enter usernames and passwords to access the content.
Since January there have been thousands of websites registered that contains the word "corona" and many of those are suspicious. Most of these websites spread malware and tries to trick users into providing personal information.
Fake internal communication
This spam campaign poses as information that the recipient needs to know about their company's business continuity operations during Lockdown etc. The attachments usually have malware or will try to access usernames and passwords.
There are multiple scammers out there trying to take advantage of good-hearted people, please be vigilant who you donate money too.
If you would like to donate, we advise donating to the official government Solidarity fund.
Some useful DO's and DON'T's
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