Scams and cyber-attacks based around COVID-19 misinformation are on the rise. The following is a regularly updated list of legitimate data from sources such as the WHO, CDC, and John Hopkins University.

Staying safe while at home requires healthy skepticism. Below are resources to assist in the identification of fake and scam messaging sources.

Live Phishing Scams Related to COVID-19

Phishing: the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

Over 2000 new domains containing the word “corona” have been registered in the past few days alone. This is a common indicator of threat groups gearing up to perform phishing campaigns.

A map showing the total infected rates of Covid 19 as of 3/18/2020
John Hopkins Infection Map 03/18/2020

“The outbreak of COVID-19 has already had a significant impact on cyber security. Like any major news story, attackers are using the event to create phishing and malware emails. But in addition, changes in behavior and business policies are forcing IT departments to quickly scale up remote access and virtual meeting capabilities. Rapid changes like this often lead to vulnerabilities that attackers may try to take advantage of. To make things worse, a strained supply chain and the unavailability of personnel can increase risk. Planning and preparation go a long way to mitigate some of these risks.”

— HTTPS://ISC.SANS.EDU/PRESENTATIONS/COVID19.PDF

A screenshot of a phishing email preying on the fears caused by Covid 19
Email phishing campaign – https://www.proofpoint.com/us/corporate-blog/post/attackers-expand-coronavirus-themed-attacks-and-prey-conspiracy-theories
A text message screenshot of a phishing attempt using Covid 19 as a scare tactic
SMS Phishing Campaigns – https://twitter.com/SuzanneAldrich/status/1239409229393326081?s=20
Malware popup made to look like it's from the Canadian government
COVID-19 Malware – https://twitter.com/dustyfresh/status/1237828889981919238?s=20

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