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Covid-themed Phishing Attacks Target Every Nation

You may be returning to a sense of normalcy as your organization welcomes workers back to onsite operations over the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean cybercriminals are any less of a threat. In fact, they continue to bombard organizations like yours with coronavirus-related phishing attacks on your systems.

Microsoft has unveiled Asia Pacific findings from its latest edition of Security Endpoint Threat Report 2019, which revealed that cybercriminals are making 60,000 Covid-19 related phishing attempts every day. Since the pandemic, Microsoft Intelligence Protection team’s data shows that every country in the world has seen at least one Covid-19-themed attack, and the number of successful attacks is increasing as fear and desire for info on the virus grows.

These attackers are impersonating entities like the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health when sending these messages.

Malware would be around with or without a worldwide pandemic, but an out-of-control virus that produces fear has given cybercriminals one more way to infiltrate your systems. Like with other bugs that make the rounds, make sure your staff has been trained to look to identify phishing attempts that they find in their email inboxes. You also must have multilayered defense systems in place as well as multi-factor authentication for employees still working from home.

The only way to truly be protected is by using monitoring and analysis tools that identify attacks both at the network perimeter and in the internal environment. 2W Tech is a technology service provider that specializes in Security solutions. Give us a call today to learn more about our Cybersecurity Consulting Services.

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