The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in employee teleworking and businesses sharing more information over the internet.

The FBI warns that scammers have seized on the increased teleworking environment and the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. They have targeted employees of companies by sending fake termination phishing emails and fake video teleconference meeting invitations.

As of April, the FBI has learned that employees from a data security firm received fraudulent emails suggesting the company was terminating employees.

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Cybercriminals have found a new way to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic: contact tracing.

Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have been in contact with someone who tested positive for a virus, such as COVID-19, and instructing them to quarantine themselves while monitoring their symptoms.

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June 1 marks the official start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warns users to remain on alert for malicious cyber activity targeting potential disaster victims and charitable donors after hurricanes. Fraudulent emails — often containing malicious links or attachments — are common after major natural disasters. Exercise caution in handling emails with hurricane-related subject lines, attachments and hyperlinks.

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We’ve all been affected by the emergence of the COVID-19 coronavirus – especially in the ways we carry out our work responsibilities. According to Dr. Jill Newby, associate professor of psychology at the University of New South Wales, working remotely can leave employees feeling isolated and disconnected from others. Among other common feelings are being unable to stay motivated or “switch off” from work.

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Reuters reported that hacking activity against corporations in the United States and other countries more than doubled by some measures in March. As teleworking increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic response, cyberattacks against organizations’ data that is being accessed from less secure environments and connections increased. Organizations have a harder time protecting their data when it is dispersed on home computers with widely varying configurations and on company machines that are connecting remotely from less secure locations.

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March Madness is just around the corner, and cybercriminals are ready to take advantage of the hype surrounding your favorite college teams and their basketball championship quests through phishing schemes.

It’s a perfect opportunity for them to use phishing schemes to steal personal information from unsuspecting fans filling out online brackets, buying tickets and merchandise or streaming live video.

Phishing is a form of social engineering that uses email or malicious websites to get personal information by posing as a trustworthy source to gain access to your accounts.

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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.

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Catfishing is a deceptive activity where a person creates a fake identity on a social network account, usually targeting a specific victim for deception or fraud. It’s commonly used in romance scams on dating websites for financial gain or to compromise a victim in some way.

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Cybercriminals love tax season.

The enormous amounts of valuable personal and financial information shared online during this time of year make it a haven for thieves – and they are doing everything they can to take full advantage of the opportunity tax season brings them. They are masters at social engineering. So, during this time of increased potential for having your personal information exposed, it’s critically important to take steps to use the internet safely.

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