COVID-Related Cyberattack Still a Major Threat

As the coronavirus outbreak expanded worldwide, cyberattacks designed to take advantage of this pandemic have also soared drastically. Hackers have created suspicious websites, phishing emails, downloadable apps and files, and other malicious content to trap people who are curious or anxious about the disease.  In this article at ZDNet, Danny Palmer shares the revelations of UK NCSC’s (National Cyber Security Centre) report and explains that one in three cyberattacks are coronavirus-related.

What Does the Report Reveal?

The NCSC’s Annual Review 2020 reveals that cybercriminals are impersonating known organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO). The email’s subject tries to lure victims into clicking on the infected file attachments or the link. “The review also notes that the NCSC has dealt with three times more ransomware attacks than it did last year as attacks become more targeted and more aggressive,” explains Danny.

According to the report, out of 723 cyberattacks in the healthcare sector, 200 incidents are related to coronavirus. The report reveals that this number is likely to continue risking as cybercriminals get more ambitious.

Since the onset of COVID-19 at the beginning of the year, criminals have been modifying their strategies accordingly. At the start of the outbreak, the hackers focused on malicious domains related to virus symptoms and live tracking maps. At around April, the cybercriminals shifted their focus to relief packages and stimulus payments. Now, various malicious domains have sprung up to capitalize on areas related to testing kits and vaccines.

How to Protect Your Organization?

  • Beware of the lookalike domains, websites, unfamiliar email senders, spelling errors in emails.
  • Ensure to purchase products and services from an authentic source. Do not click on promotional links in emails.
  • Do not reuse your passwords between different accounts and applications.

To read the original article, click on https://www.zdnet.com/article/cybersecurity-one-in-three-attacks-are-coronavirus-related/.

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