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Cyber Security in the Time of COVID-19

Posted by Seema Pathak on Mar 24, 2020 3:59:57 PM

We are through our 1st successful week of Work From Home. By now all know our Health-related protocols and preventive measures. It's time to take precautions to make sure our systems don't get infected too. 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.

How does this work?

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.

The malicious software — malware, for short — could allow cybercriminals to take control of your computer, log your keystrokes, or access your personal information and financial data, which could lead to identity theft.

Here’s some information that can help.

How to spot a Coronavirus phishing email?

Coronavirus-themed phishing emails can take different forms, including these:

#1 Govt alerts:  

Cybercriminals have sent phishing emails designed to look like they’re from the Ministry. The email might falsely claim to link to a list of coronavirus cases in your area. “You are immediately advised to go through the cases above for safety hazards,” the text of one phishing email reads.

What do the emails look like? Here’s an example:

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