As we all know the coronavirus pandemic has left the whole world into chaos, but at this crucial time period cyber-criminals still find out a quick way to take advantage and to exploit this opportunity.
With the increase in a number of coronavirus cases in the world, the number of malware, scams, and cyber-attacks is also increasing which are directly related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the world is now working from home in order to stop the spread of coronavirus. Due to this, the world is moving online at an exceptional rate and so is the cyber-crime.
There are now ringing alarm bells over Intelligence agencies, security firms along with several Big Tech giants because of the growing threat from cyber-criminals. The on-going COVID-19 pandemic is giving rise to ransomware attacks, opportunistic phishing threats as well as other malicious activities all these are threatening healthcare organizations across the globe.
There are many scams by so-called gray-marketers for personal protective equipment that have been growing gradually as healthcare professionals are facing shortages of critical supplies that are must-required while dealing with coronavirus positive patients.
On the other hand, the FBI has also issued a warning regarding the Kwampirs malware that has targeted supply chains which consist of the healthcare industry. For those who don’t know about Kwampirs, it is a backdoor Trojan that grants remote computer access to the attackers.
Cyber-criminals are nowadays taking advantage of coronavirus pandemic by adapting their usual methods of operation in order to take advantage of the fear as well as the uncertainty that is associated with COVID-19. For instance, phishing emails and several other fake messages have been sent out to the users for offering offer miracle treatments or protective equipment, prompt payments for non-existent charges as well as services, or get login credentials along with personal data from online. On a big level, the cyber-attacks against organizations are also growing in huge numbers.
As so many people are now working from home, sharing, as well as communicating online, the security researchers have also found so many coronavirus-related malware, which also consists of trojan horses and ransomware. This malware can spread very instantly, even after getting into internal company systems through virtual private networks.
Not only organizations or big companies are targeted but also Healthcare providers have been under attack by cyber-criminals. At this time when the healthcare department is overworked and tired and putting their lives in danger, cyber-criminals are still taking it as an opportunity.
At the present date, all the resources stressed to breaking point, institutions are now more vulnerable to such attacks that attempt to abuse or exploit the system and application susceptibilities and exposures. There have been already a lot of service attacks and data breaches that have been reported.
Many organizations across the globe are stressed under these crises with the financial as well as operational consequences of the pandemic. There are even many people who are losing revenues as well as information security is often considered to be among the first areas to suffer. This is particularly dangerous, as cyber-security is a must at such a critical time period.