How to Stay Abreast with Coronavirus Fake Alerts, Phishing, and...

How to Stay Abreast with Coronavirus Fake Alerts, Phishing, and Cybersecurity?

Catalina Joseph, Gov CIO Outlook | Monday, July 11, 2022

Coronavirus is the current global hottest topic, new stories are emerging by the hour, and fraudsters are using online updates to trick people into phishing scams and destructive malware.

Fremont, CA: Coronavirus alarm bells are ringing louder in news coverage, but users have to be alert as fake news, phishing scams and even malicious malware is being distributed under the coronavirus umbrella. The government official and health experts are appealing to stay calm, but the public is getting more worried and is desperately searching for answers on the Internet. This expanded media coverage of surrounding events related to this global health emergency has paved the way for hoaxes and spreading panic among people. The scammers are taking advantage of this emergency and disseminating malicious links and PDFs that claim to contain information about how to protect from the spread of the disease. In reality, those files contain threats, including Trojans and worms that are capable of destroying blocking, modifying, and exfiltrating the personal data of the victim. This practice of leveraging global events and current important topics to spread malware has become common among cybercriminals.

The global public and private sector organizations have to act quickly to create relevant communication with their employees, customers, and partners surrounding key coronavirus messages. The main focus should be to ensure that trusted channels are established and supported with the help of the right messages. Additionally, staff, family, partners, wider Internet users, and friends should be educated about the same. Governments and businesses need to stress on policies, procedures, and online behaviors to tackle this problem.

 The Actions Required:

Providing effective, attractive security awareness training regarding phishing to the staff and allowing them to practice with real examples that are meaningful.

It is essential to educate the staff that phishing is more than just about email, it can come from a telephone call or a text message as well, even the person sitting next to you can “phish” for the password.

Encouraging staff to report of phish, deleting is better than clicking any phish in any form, but reporting about is also equally important.

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