As we begin to see the light at the end of tunnel with regards to COVID-19, it is important to consider what is next and prepare for the coming months. COVID-19 has had an impact of almost every aspect of life and cybersecurity is no exception. Whilst everyone’s focus has been on ensuring the health and safety of the public and trying to maintain economies, opportunistic cybercriminals have sought this opportunity to launch attacks and capitalise on a crisis.
From Deloitte’s Cyber Intelligence Centre, there has been an observed spike in phishing attacks, Malspams and ransomware attacks since lockdown procedures were put in place. Cybercriminals have been using COVID-19 as bait to impersonate brands to mislead and con employees and customers. This will likely lead to a rise in infected and leakage of data. Many end users are being targeted as well as businesses as users who download COVID-19 related applications are also being tricked into downloading ransomware disguised as legitimate applications.In April 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that some 450 active WHO email addresses and passwords had been leaked online along with thousands more belonging to people working on the COVID-19 response.
According to a report released by Microsoft, COVID-19 cyber attacks spiked to almost a million a day during the first week of March.
A hacking group known as Vendetta has been posing as Taiwan’s top infection-disease official in attempt to steal sensitive data from users.
A recent survey conducted by Provision Living showed that nearly a quarter of Americans have experienced an increase in robocalls since COVID-19.
IBM X-Force Incident Response and Intelligence Services uncovered a COVID-19 related phishing campaign targeting a German task force established to procure personal protective equipment.
Similarly in the UK, business owners with Microsoft Office 365 accounts are being targeted in a phishing campaign that uses bait emails designed to look like legitimate Small Business Grants Fund (SGF) relief payment messages from the government. According to BleepingComputer reporting, these highly targeted phishing attacks have so far delivered emails that have landed in the mailboxes of up to 5,000 potential victims.
It is very clear from this handful of global incidents that cyberattacks and very prominent in the current climate. These cases have not been shared with you to cause panic or fear, but instead to highlight the huge importance for cyber security and to protect your assets. Many modern organisations will already have security measures in place but there are always ways you can make your security stronger and ensure that you are not a victim of cyber criminals.
Security is embedded in the services and solutions that risual offer and wherever we can increase your security, we do. With the help of Microsoft products, creating a robust, secure online environment is simple and easy and is entirely scalable to any client’s needs. Solutions like Azure and Microsoft 365 provide numerous ways of reinforcing your security such as multi-factor authentication, protection against ransomware, training users to be more aware and much more. We are currently in an era where robberies are just as common online as they are in person, if not even more so! This is why it is vital that you protect your business in every way possible, not just by locking the front door to the building when you leave.
If you would like to get more information about how to protect your business and improve your security, don’t hesitate to get in touch to have a chat with one of our experts.