Coronavirus (COVID-19) related cybercrime on the rise

Coronavirus (COVID-19) related cybercrime on the rise

The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released an advisory alongside the US Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on the exploitation of coronavirus (COVID-19) by cyber criminals. The advisory provides information on recorded malicious activity and tips to detect and mitigate attacks.

The NCSC and CISA have noted a rise in COVID-19 related cyber attacks while overall levels of cybercrime remain the same. Cyber criminals are targeting individuals and entities and using the pandemic for commercial gain. The increase in people working from home has amplified the use of potentially vulnerable services, such as Virtual Private Networks.

The NCSC and CISA are working with law enforcement and industry partners to disrupt or prevent these malicious COVID-19 themed cyber attacks and have released a non-exhaustive list of COVID-19 related compromised sources which are available in CISV and Stix format.

The advisory includes practical advice for individuals and organisations to minimise the risk of being affected by COVID-19 related cybercrime. Further information by the NCSC on detecting and mitigating cyber attacks can be found here.

The full advisory can be downloaded here.

Source: Advisory: COVID-19 exploited by malicious cyber actors

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