#WeekendWisdom 023 Coronavirus Cyber Threats

Welcome to #WeekendWisdom number 23. This week we’re going to talk about Coronavirus Cyber Threats.

We did talk about some of these before

Back in #WeekendWisdom number 19, I talked about the rise in Coronavirus related scam emails and malicious emails that would have documents that would download malicious software onto the machines or links that would attempt to compromise the machine. These are also known as phishing emails or malicious spam (MalSpam) types of emails.

These emails are playing on people’s desire for information about Coronavirus. They also play on our fear in the uncertain situation that we find ourselves in at this time.

The cyber security authorities in the UK and US have in recent days come out with a warning that they have seen a definite increase in these type of activity. So be on the lookout for more malicious emails.

What other Coronavirus Cyber Threats are there

They also warned about a significant increase in the number of COVID19 related domain names being registered. So the bad actors are registering domains with COVID19 in their title so that they can use them to more likely fool people by clicking on links to go to sites so might be “relevant” to COVID19.

So as I advised then, use only WHO or your national health authority’s websites for your information about COVID19.

They also advised that they are seeing additional targeting attempts at remote working infrastructure. Particularly those that might have been rushed to get set up in time. So if you were under pressure setting up your remote working solution, circle back and have it reviewed. Make sure it is setup as securely as possible. So you don’t want these guys breaking in.

So that’s it for this week. Lets be careful out there and we’ll talk to you again next week.