Europol cybercrime report finds uptick in cybercrime during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Europol cybercrime report finds uptick in cybercrime during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Europol has published the 2020 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), which maps out the cybercrime landscape. The report has found that coronavirus (COVID-19) in many cases enhanced existing cybercrime problems, with criminals using social engineering and phishing being used to exploit vulnerable people and sell unproven coronavirus ‘cures’. A challenge faced by authorities is how to access encrypted information for criminal investigations. Further threats include improved malware, the increase in child sexual abuse material available online, sim swapping and criminal abuse of the dark web.

The report can be read here.

Source: COVID-19 sparks upward trend in cybercrime

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