Hackers are always using different methods to get what they want. They use concern over loved ones, our trust in friends or co workers, and even our fear of an illness. They bait us with a variety of methods in order to steal our data, money, and peace of mind. Which is why we have to be constantly vigilant in order to keep not only ourselves safe, but our friends, family, coworkers, and business.
The Corona Virus is a topic of interest right now around the world as we anxiously watch to see what will happen. It’s put a lot of people in a panic about what will happen if the virus reaches their area. And fear can lead to a lot of rash behavior like forgetting that there are dangers on the web.
This is the ideal opportunity for cybercriminals to feed into peoples fear, which is exactly what they are doing. Emails claiming to have information about the outbreak are really just riddled with dangerous software. These emails were discovered in Japan and spread like wild fire as people desperately looked for any new information about the virus. But instead of news of one virus, all these people unknowingly subjected themselves to another. One that will access their computer and harvest their data.
Once of the biggest dangers of these kinds of emails is that they can look very authentic. The one discovered in Japan is sent by a reputable source a disability welfare provider, they urge people to open the attachment to learn more. They also use footers and headers with logos, correct addresses, and phone numbers in order to make you feel like it’s a legitimate email.
This is not an uncommon occurrence, they frequently impersonate people and companies we trust in order to infect our devices. Banks, our bosses, reputable companies, family. Anything in order to get your guard down so that you infect your device and maybe other peoples too. If you receive an email that seems to be out of the blue like this it is best to go the cautious route and get in touch with the company or individual in question in order to confirm it’s legitimacy. This is the best way to deal with these kinds of emails since not all of them are out of the blue “I need you to wire me money because of an emergency” that seem fishy.
Instead a lot of these emails and texts are shifting towards scammers pretending to be your bank getting ahold of you because your account might me at risk. Or they need you to click this link in order to dispute a potential scam, all designed to lull you into a false sense of security before you get infected. This is the easiest way for them to get your device infected and start gathering your personal information.
Then depending on the type of malware that you’ve been infected with it could start affecting anyone you come in contact with or anyone in your address book. With all of your information it would be easy for hackers to email everyone you know with another corrupted email and start the process all over again
The best thing you can do if you open up a suspicious email, link, or attachment is to immediately contact your IT support team and let them know. This is when regularly backing up your device can come in handy, sometimes they will be able to do a complete wipe of your device and kill the virus before too much damage is done. Other times it may take a few hours to a few days to assess and fix the issue depending on how far the malware has taken root into your device.
Then you should keep yourself up to date on the newest trends in cyber security and the newest threats. This will help you stay ahead of the curb so you can keep yourself and others safe from being compromised.