Latest phishing publications
Whether its organised cyber-criminals for whom the current health crisis has just broadened their attack landscape, or malevolent opportunistic hackers with time on their hands, there’s no doubting the rise in malware attacks in recent weeks. Every day we are seeing reports of phishing and hacking attempts which have grown with the enforcement of remote working. Sad as it is to acknowledge, despite every kind deed we witness during this period, the world is full of people with no good intent and we are inadvertently opening the backdoor and inviting them in. What is more, we can stop this, and we need to do it now.
People have been warned not to fall for a bogus text message saying they have been fined for stepping outside during the coronavirus lockdown. The latest in a series of scams related to the virus claims to be from the Government, telling the recipient their movements have been monitored through their phone and they must pay a fine or face a more severe penalty, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) said.
As more workers rush to adopt remote working technologies such as cloud-based teleconferencing or collaboration tools, cyber security companies have been quick to identify the ways in which hackers might exploit the situation to compromise users.
The latest company to do so is Check Point Software, whose researchers have penned a fresh blog post detailing how cyber hackers are taking advantage of surging demand for Zoom, conferencing software that has become a household name in recent weeks.
Security experts have warned that criminals are using people’s fears over the coronavirus crisis to target victims online. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said “opportunistic” cyber criminals are using the deadly outbreak to launch online attacks. Clicking on to the links on bogus emails which say they have important updates has led to devices being infected.
Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated. And whilst we might associate hacking and other forms of cybercrime with attacks on computer systems and individual machines, there is a dangerous growing trend that sees mobile devices becoming a prime target. It seems that phishing – the practice of sending deceptive messages in order to trick the receiver into downloading malware or revealing their password – is being increasingly targeted towards mobiles.