Coronavirus-themed cyberattacks explode in popularity
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The coronavirus has brought with it a host of pandemic-themed cyberattacks, reported Agence France-Presse, citing interviews with leading cybersecurity experts.
The influx of remote working caused by the pandemic makes many entirely reliant on computers for their livelihoods. Hackers have taken advantage, launching an “unprecedented volume of attacks to trick people into giving up credentials to attackers,” according to security researchers.
"We are seeing campaigns with message volumes up to hundreds of thousands which are leveraging this coronavirus,” said Sherrod DeGrippo, head of threat research for the security firm Proofpoint, according to AFP.
The coronavirus has been officially deemed a pandemic. Image: Shutterstock.
DeGrippo added that this is because people working at home don’t have access to the computer security systems they do at work.
She said that fraudsters and hackers will conjure up new tricks to exploit victims of the coronavirus. "I can see some attackers sending messages like, 'I'm in quarantine and need you to buy something for me,' or 'I need you to make this transfer of funds,'" she added.
DeGrippo’s fears are already a reality.
Phony coronavirus tracking applications are infecting victims’ computers with malware. One piece of malware—a coronavirus tracking map that draws data from Johns Hopkins University—steals personal information from victims’ computers and sells it on the dark web.
Another claims to expose social media accounts and delete files on mobile phones unless victims pay $100 in Bitcoin.
In other scams, fraudsters ask for Bitcoin payments or fake donations to the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).
“They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area,” the NFIB told The Guardian.
DeGrippo suggested keeping computers separate to avoid cross-contamination. “Keeping mom's and dad's computer for mom and dad is the right thing to do,” she said.
Of the new tricks, DeGrippo said: “It is taking humanity at its most vulnerable and trying to use that for financial gain."
If only the scammers had a conscience.
pokemon last edited by
Covid-19 not just bringing the disease.
bell last edited by
Ah the hackers taking the chance to do their dirty work amidst the chaos coronavirus is bringing.
This is why a phone call can do so much in uncertainty.
@bell they are very intelligent and sly. They're ruthless and prey on the innocent
@pokemon it's bringing a bout of craziness. You see all sorts of actions and comments online
angela26 last edited by
The bad guys just using the name Covid-19 to do what the usually did.