Ever since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the whole world has been at battling for survival. One of the sector that is seriously in problem is cybersecurity. Email spammers used COVID-19 to convince people to download malicious attachments.
Scammers are setting up tens of thousands of websites with various pandemic domain names. Various applications and programs are also springing up to attack computers and smartphones. Don’t forget about fraudulent text messages sent to phone numbers as well.
Microsoft Advises How You Can Protect Yourself From Corvid-19 Related Scammers
The software giant, however, emphasizes that coronavirus is not as widely used by fraudsters as it may seem. The company in its statement clearly stated:
“While phishing and other email attacks are indeed happening, the volume of malicious emails mentioning the coronavirus is very small.”
This may change because the pandemic continues, but at least there are no large-scale attacks for now.
Microsoft stated that 91% of cyber attacks start with email. Therefore, the company relies on a multilayered defense system that uses Artificial Intelligence and other combat methods to quickly detect attacks and block their sources. This system analyzes messages, URLs and attachments to determine if they pose a threat.
However, Microsoft notes that automated systems are not always able to catch every attack. That’s why Microsoft has released a list of warning signs that are part of a phishing campaign. Here are the things that should get our attention:
- Spelling and bad grammar
- Suspicious links
- Suspicious attachments
- Altered web addresses
- Incorrect salutation of your name
We should also remember that these rules also apply to threats not related to coronavirus.
It is worth noting that the coronavirus, which originated in China in late December, has since spread to 178 countries, infecting over 340,000 and killing about 14,000 globally.
According to recent reports, the US government is in talks with Facebook, Google and other technology firms about a way possible way to combat the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic through the use of smartphone location data.