As COVID-19 spreads so does panic, fear and fraud. The internet is now a minefield of coronavirus misinformation and malware. How can you protect yourself?
The best protection is education (along with a robust anti-virus software).
Learn what tricks hackers are using so you can identify them and avoid falling prey.
Attackers used student concerns about COVID-19 to steal information via email.
Coming from the university “health team”, attackers designed emails to look university-official. These emails prompted students to click a fake URL. Once clicked, students were asked for their log-in credentials.
If inputted, hackers gained access to everything the students used with those credentials.
Sent through text, a fake coronavirus tracker unleashes malware without you knowing.
There are plenty of fake text chains going around. One recently about a government friend with insider knowledge.
This particular malware disguises itself as a coronavirus heat map (spoofing off the actual John Hopkins one). Once downloaded, hackers can read your text messages, watch you through your camera and listen to calls.
WHO imposters are scamming people out of money and PII (personally identifiable information).
The World Health Organization (WHO) had to address the rise of imposters. The bad players are using fake emails, phone calls, texts and even faxes to trick you.
A phishing campaign disguised as a helpful guide reads your keystrokes instead.
This malware hides behind email attachments marked “coronavirus safety guides”. Once the attachments are clicked, malware begins reading your key strokes and sending the information to a database.
Hackers then use the information to infiltrate your accounts.
People looking for debt relief fall victim to a credit card scam instead.
With many people facing reduced work hours or even unemployment, credit card relief programs are a godsend.
This scam sets up a fake landing page advertising just that. The fake landing page looks like a real financial institution. All you have to do is input your credit card information and they’ll take care of the rest.
Not so fast. Once they’ve got your information, you’re left in the dust. Your bills remain and now your credit card is stolen.
These COVID-19 tricks are just a handful of what’s out there. To really protect yourself, someone’s got to have your back. We specialize in security measures to monitor and defend against anything on the internet.
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