COVID-19 Computer Virus
COVID-19 may now also give you a computer virus.
Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the Coronavirus chaos, posing as trusted sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) to trick you into opening malicious attachments or entering account credentials on a bogus site.
These tactics, commonplace during times of crisis, prey on individual fear and urgency. Combined with the fact that just about every company to whom you’ve ever provided your email address has probably emailed you about their COVID-19 response, cybercriminals see a lot of easy targets.
We recommend the following time-tested methods of avoiding these scams. Let’s call these social distancing for your email inbox:
- Don’t click links or attachments on any emails or messages you receive on your personal or work accounts from major organizations like WHO or CDC
- If you, for example, receive an email from WHO, don’t click the links but open a new internet browser tab, navigate to the official WHO website and find the information
- Beware of URGENT and IMPORTANT language
- Thoroughly inspect email addresses and grammar
- Hover over links to inspect the URL underneath – if it looks phishy, it probably is
Helping to keep your company safe from a computer virus is everyone’s responsibility.
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