COVID-19 Cyber Threat Landscape Review

Cybercriminals are taking full advantage of people searching for online information about the spread of coronavirus across the globe, protection from the disease and where to get tested if/when exposed.

Current Scams include Covid-19 related apps loaded with malware or ransomware, phone scammers trying to trick you into providing information and money based on Coronavirus fears, cyber-attacks on Health and Human Services websites.

Don’t take the bait!

  • Don’t open attachments you weren’t expecting: Attachments from an unverified source could contain viruses or malware designed to steal sensitive data from your computer for a hacker’s personal gain. Use caution when opening attachments as they can compromise your organization’s IT infrastructure.
  • Don’t click on links in emails without inspecting them first or visiting websites directly: Protect yourself from potential phishing links embedded in the body of an email from unknown sources. Always remember to hover over the link to see the actual link address. Visit websites directly instead of clicking on an email link. If you think you accidentally click on a phishing link, disconnect your computer from the internet and report it to your IT administrator immediately.
  • Don’t respond to requests for sensitive information: Disclosing personally identifiable information (PII) can provide access to your financial report, credit record, and other assets. According to the U.S. General Services Administration, PII is “Information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, either alone or when combined with other personal or identifying information that is linked or linkable to a specific individual.” Be careful how much information you give away to avoid being a victim of identity theft. This also applies to your organization’s information.
  • Don’t download apps without reviewing what data they are collecting from you and only download apps from trusted sources: Allowing malicious apps from sources unknown put your phone and personal information at risk. Be careful when downloading an app and make sure if the app is from a reputable resource such as apple or google app stores.

SDI shares articles to avoid falling victim to cyber scams amid the global outbreak from the following trusted sources:

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