Coronavirus-themed phishing attacks and hacking campaigns are on the rise

Sadly, wherever and whatever the crisis, there will be criminals looking to exploit it.

In the IT sector, we are experiencing a growing number of threats incoming on the back of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Experts at the NCSC – the cyber arm of GCHQ – have spotted a range of scams and cyber crimes including phishing attacks, credential theft, bitcoin and financial fraud, ransomware and more.

In many cases, attacks are based around phishing emails containing links or attachments that claim to contain important information about the virus. Once opened, these infect the PC with malware that can be used to exploit the infected victim.

The agency warns that, as the outbreak intensifies, it’s likely that the volume of hacking incidents looking to exploit coronavirus will also rise.

Please do let us know if you have any concerns about new malicious online action, we are here to help.

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