Coronavirus: the lure of choice for hackers

In the last 10 years, there has not been as much interest in cybercrime as coronavirus.

The thirst for information aroused by the pandemic, the growing concern of confined people are used by hackers to initiate more and more computer attacks. This makes coronavirus "the most important theme ever used by hackers. Jean-François Herbecq and Caroline Hick, both journalists.

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With the containment and telework, cybercrime has never been more at its level ease. Internet traffic explodes and allows for a greater attack strategy computer science. This phenomenon has been observed by several computer security, and it is clear that the over-mediatization of coronavirus makes this disease a tool for hackers, like any other information of global scale."The topic is topical. It interests everything and given the containment, the number of interactions via the web has increased, Risk, too. So, hackers offer sites and links related with the epidemic, such as interactive maps, e-mails, often with a to attract their prey and infect them with 'malwares', malicious software" explains Christophe Jacques Checkpoint Software Technologies, a company that specializes in supplying IT security solutions. Generally, the links discussed here our expert, is issued via email the usual route, or simply by SMS or WhatsApp. All a user has time to click on for the latter to get into a bad position. In addition, according to Checkpoint experts, to date there are reportedly nearly 16,000 websites. According to Christophe Jacques, 20 percent of these websites are suspicious and/or more or less dangerous.

To talk about the telework and its drawbacks, it has been notified that the risk of phishing is higher from now on. The proliferation of fake news and Doubtful original emails are growing this perennial problem. And it works unfortunately. Several individuals get caught up in this game. To get to know make things easier, hackers pretend to be health or charitable missions or take the example of software, which makes call for generosity in order to fight coronavirus, but which in reality allows you to steal but also to deceive users who let themselves Berner. This kind of malware were causing the theft of pleasure portfolio of cryptocurrencies. This is the case with the pirate software called " Ursnif" which allows the stealing of a number of personal and personal information such as bank data, names or surnames. Identifiers. This software is sent to family and friends with names and references from their loved ones to easily deceive them. In other cases, are guides that are offered to users.

Guides that hide malware. Sherrod DeGrippo, Director of Emerging Threats at cybersecurity firm Proofpoint: "For more than five weeks, our research team has observed numerous malicious email campaigns related to COVID-19, using fear to convince potential victims to click. Cyber criminals have sent waves of emails ranging from a dozen to more than 200,000 at a time, and the number of campaigns is increasing. At first, we were seeing about one campaign a day all over the world, now we see 3 or 4 a day. This increase underscores how attractive global news can be to cyber criminals. Most of these emails attempt to steal credentials using fake homepages like GMail or Office 365 and ask people to enter their username and password. ».

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