Cyber security experts are warning individuals and businesses that coronavirus-related cyber crimes are on the rise. Be vigilant in practicing smart security.
It’s an old tale. Catastrophe strikes society and those looking to take advantage of it come out of the woodwork. Coronavirus is no exception. Cybersecurity experts at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have already noticed an uptick in cybercrime related to the coronavirus. Hackers are using the fear over the pandemic to scare individuals and businesses into clicking on email scams and falling victim to other cyberattacks.
Cybercriminals want to steal as much money as possible – which is why they tend to target businesses. While they are happy to scam unsuspecting individuals out of their money, their big goal is to take advantage of businesses with deep pockets so they can enrich themselves. That’s why businesses need to be extra vigilant in protecting their systems and networks from criminal activity.
In the current coronavirus pandemic, more and more employees are working remotely. They are also under increased pressure from all sides and many are feeling quite unsettled by the spread of the coronavirus. This natural fear is what cybercriminals are preying upon. They are attempting financial fraud, phishing attacks, credential theft and more – all using the coronavirus as the tool to overcome standard security practices.
Coronavirus-Themed Phishing Emails
These emails claim to contain information that you need about coronavirus. They may say that they have a document that you really need to read – one that contains information about how to protect you and your family, for instance. To access the document, you need to open an attachment that came with the email. Once you open the attachment, you let malware into your computer that can be used to exploit you in some way. It may steal important financial information, take your passwords, hold your computer hostage until you pay a ransom, or perform some other form of exploitation.
What should you do if you get a suspicious email?
The NCSC has a guide for individuals and businesses that can help you determine how to identify suspicious emails and what to do when you receive one. Some of the tips include:
Identifying Phishing Emails
What to Do
If you operate a business, it is a good idea to educate your team on the topic of coronavirus-themed scams. Together, you can protect your business and your personal information.