As the online Covid-19 threats become worse, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the UK took some steps. So, they started removing malicious and phishing websites linked to them. Still, they warned that attacks could increase if the outbreak does.
The Government Communications Headquarters said that victims of the phishing lost money and sensitive data. So, they invite both businesses and consumers to consult its advice on email scams. Also, they invite them to learn how to deal with malware. So, they can stay away from ransomware, credential theft and fraud.
NCSC saw an increase in the registration of web pages relating to the Coronavirus. They mentioned that “Continued global susceptibility to phishing will probably make this approach a persistent and attractive technique for cyber-criminals. Moreover, if the outbreak intensifies, it is highly likely that the volume of such attacks will rise.”
Fraudulent links and malware attachments
Security specialists have been talking about the phishing attacks for more than a month. The attackers spoof the emails they sent. These seem to come from World Health Organisation (WHO), the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) or other official authorities. They claim to bring new data about the outbreak in attachments or via a link. Some of them bring malware. Others, request users to enter their email and passwords or other credentials. Fraudsters also request Bitcoin donations to fund a vaccine. Also, they scam sites selling antiviral equipment.
So, as online COVID-19 threats become worse, NCSC came up with an advice. “Our advice to the public is to follow our guidance, which includes everything from password advice to spotting suspect emails. In the event that someone does fall victim to a phishing attempt, they should look to report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible,” said Paul Chichester, NCSC director of operations.