Protect your computer system from Coronavirus related scams

Blog Posts  |  17 March 2020

Cyber scammers are taking advantage of the fear and tumult over the Coronavirus to try and trick you into opening emails or clicking on links that can spread viruses or steal passwords and data.

Some known scams to be extra wary of include:

  • Charities or support for hourly workers reportedly supporting virus victims.
  • Global maps showing the spread of the virus.
    • These should only be trusted from direct, reliable sources such as the CDC or WHO. There are documented cases of maps downloading malware when you click on them.
  • Mobile and desktop applications that promote assistance in staying safe from the virus but may actually steal your credentials.
  • Outreach from those claiming to be the CDC.
  • Communications that convey an “urgent” need to act or provide guidance on where to report suspicious messages when not from a credible source.

As you take measures to avoid the threat of contracting or spreading the coronavirus itself, it is prudent to take similar action to prevent exposure to a coronavirus related cybersecurity attack. Proactive measures include watching for suspicious emails that use odd/incorrect language or have details that are slightly wrong. Do not click on suspicious links or open files from unknown sources. And be especially careful about opening emails or files that purport to contain advice about the coronavirus.

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