In June of this year, coronavirus-related phishing attacks occurred at a rate of roughly 130,000 per week. Overall attack trends reflect an 18% increase as compared to the month prior, and researchers only expect for the number of attacks to rise.

The latest wave of phishing campaigns capitalize on the innovative employee training programs that are designed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in the workplace. Hackers have sent out fake coronavirus training resources to employees, and have even asked employees to sign up for fake trainings. The embedded links direct victims to malicious websites.

Here is an example of what an attack might look like:

Example of office 356 phishing email

Individuals at all levels of management should take a cautious approach to opening emails from alleged health experts or government agencies.

Spam blockers can assist your organization in limiting the impact of scam artists, and employee awareness initiatives are also a must.

“The more phishing scams your employees get exposed to, the less they are prone to falling victim to such attacks,” state security researchers. You definitely don’t want anyone to believe in the validity of, or to click on a fake job termination Zoom meeting request!

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