As stated by Zscaler, hacking threats was around 15%/month since the beginning of 2020, which has suddenly jumped to 20%. They have also identified the source – a growing category of hacking that emerged recently promising the victims with lucrative information and protection from COVID-19.
After studying many cases we have found the following approaches followed by the hackers to gain the victims’ trust and trap them:
- Using click bait blog titles related to COVID-19
- Two targeted keywords used by the hackers – COVID-19 and Coronavirus to attract most traffic
- Mails offering false content from World Health Organization (WHO) and offering protection to children and business leading the readers to click a bad link and download malware.
- Apps offering information about COVID-19 or tracking the symptom
- COVID-19 response fund – link sent via mail or message from any person/NGO/organization.
This phishing act is not only hacking the personal data of the users but also acquiring sensitive data like credit card password! In order to avoid these here are some steps we are asking you to follow strictly:
- Do not click any external link of any blog that you are not familiar with
- Do not open any emails if you are not sure about the sender, even if you have opened try not to click any link that promises for huge information about COVID 19 after “free signup” or donation for COVID-19.
- For any information from World Health Organization (WHO), please visit the WHO official site
The website owners can also be threatened by these hackers. For the website owners it is recommended to consult with the web maintenance service and not to install any plugins that promise anything to display related to COVID-19 on your site. Stay updated, stay safe!
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