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"Cybercriminals seek to take advantage of the haste and decreased vigilance of those directly or indirectly affected to abuse them. »

This call for vigilance was published on 16 March on the official website Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr, in a newsletter. It is a way for public institutions to assist public and private entities against cyber malice to prepare and encourage all citizens to "increase cyberattacks and cyber scams" linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and takes the opportunity to call for "redoubled attention so as not to fall into their traps".

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Interviewed by the world, the director National Information Systems Security Agency (Anssi) Guillaume Poupard, called for calm: "We must not panic on cyber. However, we must be very careful about the very rapid adaptation of small scams: the health crisis is an additional theme for defrauding people. ». In addition, there has become a general observation and security experts do not fail to mean this: "At the time of the currently, the cumulative volume of deceptive emails related to coronavirus accounts for the greater number of types of attacks around the same theme as our team has seen for years, maybe even forever (…) the cybercriminals have sent waves of emails ranging from a dozen to more 200,000 at a time, and the number of campaigns tends to increase. At first, we observed about one campaign a day around the world, we now we look at 3 or 4 a day. This increase underlines the extent to which global news can be attractive to cyber criminals. the most of these emails attempt to steal the credentials using fake homepages such as Gmail or Office 365 and ask people to enter their username and password. writes Sherrod DeGrippo, firm Proofpoint, in a recent press release.

The cyber crime partner, are intensifying. Computer security specialist Checkpoint observed more than 4,000 websites linked to the coronavirus pandemic since the beginning of March. And that number, of course, is likely to increase. According to his analyses, 3% of these websites were used in the cybercrime. It even added that 5% of these sites had questionable activities.

On the French side, the gendarme Anssi has notified that no incidents at this time have been identified as directly related to the coronavirus pandemic, at least no major incidents. "As far as high-level hackers are concerned, we don't observe anything but we are on alert to avoid some kind of opportunism and our teams intervention and detection look at all kinds of action. explains director, Guillaume Poupard.

The World Health Organization has also warned cybercriminals who use these references for their practices that will be severely punished, while inviting all Internet users to pay attention to the emails they receive stamped WHO.

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