Will coronavirus lead to more cyberattacks?

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Work from home or hacking policy?
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Work from home or hacking policy?

It may look like an email from a supervisor with an attachment on the new "work from home policy." But it could be a cleverly designed scheme to hack into your network.

The abrupt move of millions of people to working remotely has sparked an unprecedented volume of attacks to trick people into giving up credentials to attackers, according to security researchers.

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​Perfect storm for cyberattack
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​Perfect storm for cyberattack

The pandemic has created a perfect storm for cyberattacks, with millions of people working in unfamiliar, less secure circumstances and eager for information about the virus and new organizational policies being implemented.

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​Stealing sensitive information
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​Stealing sensitive information

This opens up a new avenue for malicious actors using phishing emails or "social engineering" to gain access or steal sensitive information.

When someone is working form their home it is a similar threat profile as at an airport or a Starbucks, you just don't have that protection you might have in the workplace.

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​Scare tactics
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​Scare tactics

Many of the millions of people adjusting to the new landscape are unprepared for teleworking.

Attackers are taking advantage of people's fears about COVID-19 with scare tactics to get people to click on malicious links or attachments, but also playing on sympathies with fake crowdfunding pages purported to be for people who have fallen ill.

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​Lucrative for cybercriminals
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​Lucrative for cybercriminals

The COVID-19 scare has proven lucrative for cybercriminals in recent weeks as healthcare institutions scramble to test patients, treat the infected and protect their own staff from the contagion.

Healthcare infrastructures are highly susceptible to hacker attacks because of lax cybersecurity skills and safeguards.

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​Financially motivated
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​Financially motivated

The potential for costly cyberattacks has prompted warnings for stepped up vigilance.

Scammers may still offer fake vaccines and other bogus medical products claiming to offer 'cures' for the virus.

Virtually all the cyber schemes related to the pandemic are financially motivated.

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