No, it isn’t any wonder why cybercrime activities have increased during 2020. Starting in May, the number of cyber attacks was close to the total number of those in 2019. That information is based on a report from the federal government. Phishing education is generally lacking in most businesses across the United States.
With the onset of COVID-19, there was a multitude of new opportunities for cybercriminals to exploit our insecurities, fears, and general lack of knowledge about this virus and its spread. What we are seeing is that malicious activity spreads just as quickly. Together we will try to find out how to stop the virus from spreading. That is why we have started to look for the latest data, information, and tactics. Most cybercriminals know this and will use different social engineering structures to mess with the information that is provided, but also our reaction to the information they mistakenly provided.
How do they do it? By creating fake stories on websites that are designed to provide data and spread fear. This creates fear, and it is what gives the best opportunities to sell unproven cures, treatments, and supplies that are highly overpriced.
The reason that phishing attacks are sent with graphics related to the spread of the pandemic is that it causes the person to open it. When the user clicks it, malware spreads. Misinformation is often provided by social media platforms, and it allows personal information to get collected. Have you posted any private information about any of those “fun quizzes” you want to play with? An easier way to reach the masses for a cybercriminal is to use fraudulent email campaigns. They set up fake healthcare companies to provide an easier way to get a small return on their investment.
Comfort We were all in unfamiliar surroundings, most likely at home. Then our vigilance decreases, and our likelihood of negligence increases. You relax and are likely using unfamiliar programming platforms to get your job done. Video conferences, chats, exchange platforms. It is safe to assume that in the past few months, you’ve used at least one of these that you didn’t know well a year ago. This new way of working creates large gaps in cybersecurity that allow hackers easy access.
Another way for hackers to gain trust and allows access to your data online is social distancing. Because there is not a lot of interaction from other people, there is not a lot of control of the accuracy of what we read and hear, and we are less likely to practice smart cybersecurity habits. Although we are physically separated, now more than ever, we need to work more closely together to reduce the risk, fill the gaps, and create stronger protections for our businesses. Make sure you implement a strong phishing education and training platform to ensure your employees become your strongest asset instead of the weakest link.