Cybercrime on the rise with Covid-19

All cybersecurity players have noted for several weeks an increase in computer fraud, in particular those using covid-19 very directly as a fraudulent vector.

So there are countless phishing attempts baiting the virus. This form of scam consists of creating a message with an official appearance (logo of a world organization or an NGO), including a malicious link or a stolen file that the recipient will be encouraged to follow or download and, finally , to send this message to the greatest number by several vectors (email, Messenger, Whatsapp, etc.).

Several objectives can be pursued : the theft of sensitive information, of banking data via a link returning to a false site, imitating for example that of a bank, the downloading of software called ransomware, taking hostage – by encryption – the target data and imposing the payment of a ransom to obtain the decryption.

Today, there has been little feedback on the forms of phishing that have started to prevail in France, but it would seem that invitations to download exit certificates from unofficial sites could have been used. Abroad, IBM has identified bogus health authority emails inviting you to download a health bulletin that includes a well-known Trojan, Emotet, which allows hackers to subsequently install other software, including ransomware.

There is a barrier gesture to this cybercrime in times of COVID-19 : CCs12 card !

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