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How Hackers Are Using Coronavirus for Phishing Attacks

Coronavirus has taken the world by storm, creating chaos around the globe and fear among people. It is unfortunate that during these trying times, another disguised threat has risen, and that is the explosive surge in cyberattacks.

Whether you are an individual browsing the internet or an employee doing remote work amid lockdown, no one is safe! To better understand how hackers are targeting people with phishing attacks during the outbreak, read the article below:

Manipulating Remote Workers:

People who have been strongly hit by this wave of phishing attacks during coronavirus are remote workers. Since all their communication with their company is now dependent on the internet, they are easy targets of these attacks.

Hackers can easily manipulate them into thinking that the email they have received is from their co-worker or boss, leading to clicking on malicious links or downloading the files it contains.

Rasmus Holst, CRO of The Wire, in a recent interview, described that it is easy for hackers to pose as the CEO of a company and send emails to employees containing malicious content. Seeing a link or file from the CEO, employees won’t ignore it and may unknowingly put themselves in jeopardy.

Exploiting Fear and Uncertainty:

Have you ever wondered why ‘breaking news’ with clickbait headlines get so many views? That’s because they thrive on people’s fear. The more anxious people become, the more likely they are to watch the news.

Cybercriminals exploit this weakness of people to gain access to their personal information. Recently, a global cyberattack occurred because people were searching for a statistical map of coronavirus.

The hackers asked viewers to download and run an application to view the map. However, the app, of course, contained viruses that provided hackers access to the sensitive information of users stored on their computers.

More Online Time Poses Further Risks:

Since a lot of countries have entered into lockdown mode or have at least reduced timings of schools, colleges, and offices, people are spending most of their time at home.

This means they are more likely to fall for the traps set by cybercriminals such as “free” access to pirated shows or obscure websites without knowing that they are opening the door to a likely cyberattack.

There can also be requests for credit card information in exchange for free or trial access to an app, course, or a form of entertainment, leading to severe consequences.

How Can TELECO Help You Stay Protected?

During this difficult time, TELECO is working around the clock to provide its managed IT services for the safety of businesses working remotely.

We will help you secure your personal data, learn how to spot a phishing attack, and safeguard the interests of your business, employees, and customers.

We are in this together!

#Businessstrong #telecostrong #fightingcoronavirus

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