Cybercriminals are using the current pandemic situation of Coronavirus for their own advantages, this is bad behavior. They offer information and fake news designed to steal your personal information when you open or click the link they sent.
Please only trust information comes from authority organizations like World Health Organization (WHO). They provide up to date information about the Covid-19 pandemic and tips to stay safe. John Hopkins University also provides the world map about pandemic spread from their website here: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
Back to malware that uses this pandemic for their profits, this is five steps how to avoid them from stealing your personal information:
- Check your sources and only refer ones with a good reputation for accuracy and verifiable facts.
- Please be reminded again that you should not click any links from unknown emails.
- Don’t open attachment even from someone you already know, check first whether they really sent the attachment or not. This is a hassle but needs to be done.
- Check the website if it contains an additional number, typo or anything that suspicious, many of them change O to zero number or vice versa to deceive you.
- Think about how they shared, information from social media like Facebook, Twitter, or Whatsapp can be written by anyone.
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Email Targetted To The Industry
This type of email sent to healthcare industries, transportation, manufacturing, and others, when the attachment file opened, malware will steal sensitive data.
World Health Organization Email
This is an example of a phishing email targetted to Italian email addresses. The emails contain attachment about steps to stop the virus spread. Once the attachment opened it will compromise the device and harvesting information.
Remote Worker Emails Scam
Many companies around the world encouraged their employee to work from home. Cybercriminals getting this information and they sent emails pretending from the company and asking employees to sign to DocuSign or online seminar in order to steal information.
Clone of John Hopkins map of the virus spreading, it seems valid but it only a trick from cybercriminals to steal personal data browser line credit card information.
We hope this information will help you avoid scam from cybercriminals that take advantage of this pandemic. Stay healthy and stay safe online.