Cybersecurity AND COVID-19
Scammers have managed to steal over $575 million dollars from Covid-related fraud since 2020. Those attempts have intensified in 2021 with cyber criminals putting forth even more effort to take advantage of concerns surrounding new variants and vaccinations. Phishing scams still abound via social media and email, enticing unsuspecting viewers to click on links and attachments. It is more important than ever to think before you click.
Cyber Hygiene Tips
Follow these cyber hygiene tips always, but in particular with any COVID-19 related materials
Don’t reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email.
Pay attention to the website’s URL. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com versus .net).
If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Contact the company using information provided on an account statement, not information provided in an email.
Keep a clean machine. Keep all software on internet-connected devices – including PCs, smartphones and tablets – up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.
CoronaVirus Scams and Schemes
- Avoid COVID-19 Scams
- COVID-19 vaccine scammers are still lurking - CyberScoop
- COVID-19 “Vaccines” For Sale on Social Media Platforms
- Cybercrime ramps up amid coronavirus chaos, costing companies billions
- FBI, CISA Echo Warnings on ‘Vishing’ Threat – Krebs on Security
- FBI Issues Warning For Covid-19 Phishing Schemes
- FBI Warns of Teleconferencing and Online Classroom Hijacking During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Government Impostor Scams: Reports decrease, scammers pivot for new opportunities, BBB study reveals
- Malicious Cyber Actor Spoofing COVID-19 Loan Relief Webpage via Phishing Emails
- Report COVID-19 Fraud