Hackernoon, May 9, 2020– Coronavirus-Related Scams: How to Avoid them?

Spreading of Malicious News

World Health Organization (WHO) is the major source of information during this outbreak and that is why scammers and hackers are cashing the opportunity by running these scam email campaigns pretending to be WHO representatives in order to get the victims to click on malicious links.

According to Steve Tcherchian, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of XYPRO Technology Corporation “Criminals love panic and chaos, and they’ll use every opportunity to exploit the situation. As we adapt and try to be productive while juggling kids and multiple spouses working from home, security can sometimes be the last thing on our minds. Criminals know that. Criminals love that. The bad guys are preying on security ignorance as much as they are exploiting your fear. We’re going to see more sophisticated attacks on the new mobile workers. They will not be the traditional attacks targeted at data theft, but rather more ransomware, disruption, and financial attacks”

Usually, these malicious links can install malware, steal personal information, or attempt to capture login and password credentials.
The WHO is well aware of these scams and that is why it provided guidance on its website to be conscious when contacted by a person or organization that appears to be from WHO.