Phishing emails have spiked by over 600% since the end of February as cyber criminals look to capitalise on the fear and uncertainty generated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the most common spam and phishing emails relating to Covid-19 are: shipment delays and cancelled orders, fake government funding and bursary schemes, offer of illegitimate goods such as testing kits and face masks, and illegitimate health organisation announcements.
Hackers have been setting up fake websites and mobile applications offering safety information on Covid-19 or purporting to the sale of medical masks and supplies. These sites trick people into clicking on links that give the cyber-criminals access to valuable personal information or downloading malicious malware onto their device. Hackers have also created fake mobile applications that ‘let you track the spread of the virus in your area’. These applications are fake and can lock your device and your data until a ransom is paid.
In light of the recent Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, virtual meeting spaces such as Zoom have become vital in helping to support our clients. With over 300 million users rushing to use Zoom in April, multiple organisations have fallen victim to having security as an afterthought in the form of cyber-attacks like Zoom-Bombing and account breaches. Tilney have taken great measures in ensuring our virtual meeting spaces are safe and secure. The following articles provide more information on the steps you can take to protect your Zoom account and how Zoom has been hard at work improving their security.
Zoom releases security updates: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/apr/23/zoom-update-security-encryption-bombing
TV and radio presenter Helen Skelton has revealed that she was scammed out of her savings after falling victim to fraudsters over the phone.
New online security checks kick in today: what will your bank require?
Banks and retailers are set to introduce stringent new security checks, with customers asked for additional verification when shopping online, logging onto their account or making contactless payments.
Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2019/09/new-online-security-checks-kick-in-today-what-will-your-bank-require
Phishing scams targeting Mac users on the rise with 1.6 million attacks in 2019
Attacks on Apple users have jumped nine per cent in 2019, up to 1.6 million in the first half of 2019, compared to more than 1.49 million in the whole of 2018, according to the latest research figures.