US and UK security forces have issued a joint security alert on cyber-attacks using the coronavirus outbreak as a lure
The US Department of Homeland Security and the UK’s National Cyber Security Center say that criminals and what they call “persistent threat groups” are attempting to transmit ransomware and malware related to the COVID-19 outbreak. An example is emails claiming to be from the World Health Organization. Others are phishing attempts that seem to come from Microsoft or other technology companies whose external tools are often used by people who work from home
The statement says they have not noticed an overall increase in cybercrime. But they have noticed an increasing use of malicious threats related to COVID-19 related themes.
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