New cyber scams are putting businesses at risk
Just when we thought our COVID-19 anxieties couldn’t reach a higher peak, cybercriminals are actively exploiting the pandemic using a variety of new scams.
And it’s no surprise. With uncertainties running high and a workforce collaborating online and working remotely, unfortunately it’s an ideal scenario for cyber attacks.
For busy IT professionals already dealing with a surge of remote workers, this makes it even more challenging to enforce safe computing habits and close potential security gaps.
From fake tweets and phishing emails promising new insights into the virus, even cures, to counterfeit medical supplies or assistance funds, attackers are trying anything possible to encourage clicks, website visits, and downloads. In fact, data shows a 350% increase in phishing websites since the outbreak. Designed to steal personal and financial credentials, these malicious websites are offering everything from free Netflix subscriptions and safety masks to financial donations.
In the U.S., the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a recent public service announcement, warning of a rise in new attacks. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has also warned that attacks could increase and stepped up efforts to remove malicious phishing websites. CERT France, the French national government computer security incident response team, issued a warning about a new ransomware gang targeting local governments using a version of the Mespinoza ransomware strain, also known as Pysa ransomware.
Moving business forward, safely and securely, has become the cybersecurity challenge of the day.
Let’s take a look at a few of these cyber crime scams and ways to prevent attacks.
Stay alert for these COVID-19 cyber scams
You can read about these and other COVID-19 scams in our recent Avast blog.
Tips to keep your employees and customers safe
While the volume of COVID-19 scams and attacks, can cause even the most seasoned IT pro to feel overwhelmed. Never give up on educating users. Recognizing phishing tricks and fake websites are a key defense in preventing cyber attacks.
Here are a few best practices to share:
Learning to recognize scams and phishing attempts will help you stay one step ahead of attackers. Check out these Avast tips below:
Most importantly, stay calm. It’s an extremely challenging time, but we’re all in this together.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Avast Business team or your account manager for any needs. Stay healthy and safe online!
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