Covid-19 Cybersecurity Threats

Cybersecurity is a priority for any business. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there are more cybersecurity attacks now than ever. Google sees roughly 240 million coronavirus-related spam messages per day. Phishing attacks are up 667% since February. To avoid Covid-19 cybersecurity attacks and keep your company safe, be on guard and know what red flags to look for.

Covid-19 Cybersecurity Threats to Watch For

With the coronavirus still in full swing, many business owners and individuals have a lot to worry about. Scammers are feeding off that fear and worry. But, if you know what kinds of tactics to look for, you can protect your business from those cybercriminals. To avoid falling victim to hackers, keep your eyes peeled for these cybersecurity threats.

Phishing Emails

With so many focusing on the coronavirus and currently working from home, hackers are exploiting insecurities and posing as loan specialists, health officials, and national authorities. For example, cybercriminals are pretending to be from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to trick you into clicking on insecure links and attachments.

Many cybercriminals have changed their tactics to use COVID-19 related materials on health updates, fake cures, fiscal packages, emergency benefits, and supply shortages.

Typical giveaways that an email may be suspect include:

Of course, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Examples of phishing campaigns include:

Even if the email looks genuine, you should always hover over links with your mouse and inspect them before you click to ensure they are going to a legitimate website. If you’re unsure about an email, have a member of your security team (if applicable) look at it for you. It’s better to be safe than sorry with Covid-19 cybersecurity.

The response

There are some key steps you should take to reduce the risk to your organization and your employees, particularly with remote working:

Bogus Websites

Another common scam in this Covid-19 cybersecurity age is fake websites. Bogus websites began popping up left and right when the coronavirus pandemic started. Don’t expect them to go away anytime soon.

Cyber criminals like to link to these bogus websites in their phishing attempts (e.g., links in emails). The problem is, they also like to make bogus websites look like legitimate ones. Scammers may do this by using similar domain names to those of legitimate websites (e.g., http://www.example.com versus https://www.example.gov). Or, they may add company logos to fake websites to make them look more realistic.

Luckily, there are things you can do to make sure the website you’re visiting is legitimate. Before clicking away, check the link. Again, hover over the link before you click. Does the link seem long? Does it have a lot of random text, characters, or numbers? Do your research and compare the contents of the link to an actual link from the website.

The Response:

In addition to checking your links, you should also take a few other precautions to verify the website is secure:

Fake Advertisements

Another thing to watch for is fake ads. You may see a bogus ad while searching for information online or on an insecure site.

Cybercriminals use fake advertisements to trick people into providing their information for things like coronavirus loans, stimulus checks, and more.

Like with phishing emails, the ads may have a sense of urgency to them. For example, a bogus advertisement for a small business loan may say something like “Act now before funds run out.”

The Response

Do not click ads on unfamiliar websites and pages and never provide any business or personal information online if it’s not a secure website.

Phony Calls and Texts

Fishing attacks are not limited to email. With 5 billion people sending and receiving text messages, there are plenty of targets for cybercriminals to attack. The evolution of technology provides scammers with the ability to phish through text messages and robocalls.

The Response

If you receive a strange text or voicemail from an unknown sender or caller, do not respond or click on any links.

For text messages, the general rule of thumb is to use the same precautions as you would with coronavirus-related phishing emails. Don’t click any links (especially if it’s a random phone number.) Watch for spelling and grammatical errors, and don’t provide any personal information.

When it comes to phone calls, use caution. Don’t give away any personal information over the phone, especially your Social Security number or bank account information. If you feel like a call is suspicious, trust your gut and hang up.

Protect Your Business from Coronavirus Cybersecurity Threats

Eventually a scammer will try to get you to fall for an attack, especially during a crisis. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to dodge these cybersecurity attacks and keep your business safe from hackers.

To protect your business:

The more prepared and educated your business is against Covid-19 cybersecurity attacks, the better. You can’t stop cybercriminals from coming after you, but you can take measures to avoid security breaches.

Let us Help. If it’s time to upgrade to a more robust security system for your business, protect your cash flow with an accounts receivable loan from Allied Financial Corporation. Contact us today.

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