In the past three weeks, cyber security researchers saw nearly 200,000 coronavirus-related cyber attacks per week, a 30% increase over prior weeks.
Many of these coronavirus themed cyber attacks start with a phishing email that impersonates a well-known organization. These phishing emails frequently employ fake domains and direct users to phony landing pages.
Of recently registered domain names, 17% have been tagged as suspicious or malicious. A total of 2,500 fake Zoom domains have recently appeared on the web, and on April 27th, a fake domain intended to exploit Google Meets users was uncovered.
To stay safe in the face of coronavirus themed cyber threats, and to protect your organization, top-tier security pros recommend:
- Remaining aware that any email communication requesting for you to open an attachment, or to click on a link could be a phishing email.
- Checking for look-alike domains, errors in spelling or grammar and unfamiliar senders.
- Ensuring that your online purchases are secure, and from authentic sources.
- Avoiding special offers, or advertisements that look too good to be true. A cure for coronavirus, for example, would not be offered to you via email.
- Using a different password for each of your accounts.
To prevent zero-day attacks, to block phishing attempts, and to provide alerts on password reuse in real time, invest in advanced threat prevention.
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