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The potential risks associated with using the coronavirus as a hook are also amplified by the speed of the information surrounding this global issue.
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COVID-19 aid fraud
In recent weeks, the Proofpoint team of researchers has observed that various threat authors have used the promise of aid from COVID-19 to launch attacks on people in the US, Australia, Canada and the UK.
To help consumers protect themselves, they propose six simple rules to keep personal information safe from fraud attempts associated with COVID-19.
The potential risks associated with using the coronavirus as a hook are also amplified by the rapidity of information surrounding this global issue. The news changes from hour to hour, if not by minutes, and it is not always clear who has the correct information. These kinds of events create a rich environment for misinformation, and attackers often take advantage of the confusion as an opportunity to present what they want you to know and do as real and authoritative.
How can you protect yourself
Proofpoint has compiled a list of the six basic rules so that the user can protect himself and his personal information as well:
- Be aware of the risk. Knowing that attackers will do their best to trick you and take your money can help the user to be skeptical about the information they can see or hear. And warn others of the potential danger.
- Be careful with emails, text messages, social media communications or phone calls you receive that promise help. Any email or other digital communication that the user receives asking or proposing help is almost certainly a fraud.
- Do not provide the bank account number, username / password, social security number or other personal information in response to any online request, and avoid clicking directly on the links sent by email. If you have any questions about aid and how to make it effective, please contact authorized institutions directly for additional directives.
- Create unique usernames and passwords for each account. If your access data is stolen, you can reduce the risk of compromised access to other services by using different credentials on each account. This practice is especially important in email accounts, financial / banking websites, login to professional devices or access data to streaming services.
- Verify the legitimacy of the websites. If you are visiting a website, the consumer can verify that the site is secure by clicking on the padlock image to the left of the browser address. Be sure to verify that the server name is the desired destination.
“We urge everyone to be vigilant and verify the authenticity of all digital requests and communications associated with the coronavirus.“, it states Adenike Cosgrove, Proofpoint International Cybersecurity Strategist. “The ongoing change in coronavirus-themed messages is large-scale social engineering, and recent aid campaigns in various countries underscore that threat actors are paying attention to new developments and we anticipate that they will continue to modify their strategies as the news on COVID-19 to change”.
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