Cybercriminals have moved at lightning speed to exploit the mass movement to home working. Many Covid-19 themed phishing emails were launched in late January and today this has turned into a blizzard with little sign of abating.
The emails deliver malware, either via attachments such as PDF and Word documents that contain malicious code, or by including links that take recipients through to malicious web pages which typically either attempt to capture users’ personal details.
Scammers are ever creative and reflecting the zeitgeist the most common offer discounts on face masks and/or hand sanitizer, Covid-19 cures, information about infection rates, and so on.
Some have even claimed to be from the World Health Organization, and other healthcare institutions, informing recipients that they have been in close contact with someone infected with Covid-19.
Many of these scams are not related directly to Covid-19, rather they reflect government attempts to keep the wheels of society turning.
For instance coronavirus-themed scams targeting savers, investors and the self-employed with bogus investment, loans and tax advice, tax rebates and more are also prolific.
Risks and concerns
The risks to home workers and small businesses are considerable. Many employees use personal devices at home that are not properly protected, which can compromise company networks. And working from home it’s easy to be distracted and fall victim to a bogus phishing email.
The frauds and phishing emails currently circulating steal log-in details which can be used at a later date, passwords, banking information that can be used for identity fraud. For a small business, malware infection could be spyware that siphons client information which can be also be used at a later date.
The most pressing concern for many small businesses is end devices that aren’t protected, whether these are company computer or a user’s own device.
- If these devices are infected with malware either via an infected website site, phishing email, or malicious app it can lead to a damaging malware infection.
- Sensitive data and ID information are certainly at risk of being stolen.
- If hit by a ransomware infection, devices, databases, work documents can all be locked down. Essentially a business can be shut down until a ransom is paid
It’s important for businesses to educate their employees about the risks they face and to be alert for PDFs, Word attachments, and links in suspicious emails.
BullGuard also strongly recommends using a VPN for secure remote connections to company networks as well as installing protection for end-user devices such as laptops used by employees working from home.
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