Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock recently, you will be aware that we are currently experiencing a global health scare with coronavirus (COVID-19).
As well as the potentially worrying spread of the virus, and you and or your workforce catching it, good old cyber criminals have cottoned on to the potential this outbreak could bring them.
Cyber criminals are taking the opportunity to use the outbreak to their advantage. Hackers are using various techniques, including phishing (phishing is a way that criminals get sensitive information like usernames or passwords. It is a method of social engineering) to gain sensitive information, credentials or money. Read more about phishing
A couple of frequently seen examples are people pretending to be the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or WHO (the World Health Organisation). These cyber criminals have been providing malicious links which, when clicked, will ask for your username and password. They may also provide a malicious PDF which could be used to distribute malware (malware is malicious software) which can include computer viruses, worms, spyware etc.
So, how can you ensure you don’t fall foul of these criminals and infect your computer system with its very own virus?
If you believe you have disclosed any sensitive information, please don’t panic. Just reset your passwords where you have used that password. Don’t reuse passwords across multiple sites/accounts.
Please see https://www.who.int/about/communications/cyber-security for more information.
If you are worried about any aspect of your business’s cyber security landscape, or would like a free review, please do get in touch