Many hackers and looters are exploiting the progressing COVID pandemic trying to taint computers and cell phones with a virus or to trick people out of cash.
Tragically, somewhat, it’s working, and that is because the world is changing and growing quickly. The same number of associations and business corporations are welcoming the digital era without any planning. They are unfortunately presenting themselves to more likely dangers.
The vast majority of the ongoing cyber-attacks are principally abusing the feelings of trepidation around the rise of the virus. The attacks are powered by disinformation and phony news. It is said that people are falling for such scams and losing their money.
Rob Lefferts, corporate VP for Microsoft 365 said that each country had so far seen at least one scam related to the coronavirus. He further admitted that the scams they have managed to assess are only two percent of all scams being examined by Microsoft.
There are several kinds of tricks and ways being used by these scammers.
Around sixteen applications were found to be a scam. The applications were formed by hackers. According to the apps, they would help in the prevention of the virus or give news related to it. In reality, the applications stole user data and used it to get money.
The hackers are also using emails to scam people. The emails come up with a link or send some information about the coronavirus, gaining user interest.
The emails are sometimes written as if they have come from a reputed health organization. SMS, WhatsApp, and even social media are being used to scam people. Free masks and sanitizers, discounted prices, fake websites are all being used to lure people into their trap.