Coronavirus: Security Awareness Tip of the Month

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Federal health officials expect the coronavirus to spread to the U.S., and that’s good news for hackers.

Cyberthreat actors leverage interest during public health threats and other high-profile events to conduct financial fraud and deliver malware by posting links to fake charities and fraudulent websites that solicit donations for relief efforts.

The Center for Internet Security’s Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center observed similar scams and malware dissemination campaigns in response to previous high-profile events including Hurricane Harvey, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Royal Wedding and the Tennessee wildfires.

Its highly likely that more scams and malware will follow over the course of the response period. Internet users should exercise caution before opening related emails, clicking links, visiting websites or making donations to coronavirus relief efforts.

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