There are numerous ripple effects in the world related to Covid-19. Sadly, some of those impacts are not so positive. There are a number of people who would like nothing more than to steal people’s information and have malicious intent. Numerous sources have stated that they are seeing a spike in the number of Covid-19 websites that are nothing more than sites meant to steal personal information and more.
Early February saw some of the first coronavirus-related scam attempts, but they are now much more influential than ever. Now, virtually all of the public is aware of and discussing the coronavirus, and they want to find information anywhere that they can. As such, they may be willing to travel to websites that they normally would not check out. That is exactly when things can get bad for the Internet user.
Malware Gangs Use Official-Looking Websites
There are groups of criminal actors known as malware gangs are creating websites that appear to look like official government websites. They do this to try to dupe people into downloading malware onto their computers. The purpose of this from the spammers point of view is to get that malware on the computer so as to steal any private or personal information that they can. They want sensitive materials that they can either immediately use to steal money or to blackmail the victim. Either way, the spammer wins in that scenario.
Covid-19 Becomes Dominant In The World Of Spam
There is no question that searches for terms like “Covid-19” and “coronavirus” have spiked in recent months. People want to research what they can about the news related to this virus. Therefore, the people who would like to rip off others are jumping at the chance to make any traps they can around those terms. It is best to verify the source of all information and to never download anything from an unknown source. You can also use COVID-19 scam website checkers to determine if a site is safe or not.
Mobile Internet Users Are Not Immune
Those who search for information on their smartphones are not immune. The people out there with ill intent understand that a lot of Internet searches are done via smartphones these days. It only makes sense that their enterprise has evolved to attack mobile Internet users as well. Ransomware and spyware attacks are particularly common on any unsecured phone.
There is often a ransom demand made by the criminals demanding a certain amount of money in order to regain control over one’s phone. It is not something that should ever be paid out. There are too many things that can go wrong there, and the hackers are unlikely to keep to their word anyway.
Avoid Any Red-Flag Websites On Work Devices
During this period of time when many people are working from home it is particularly important to avoid going onto any website that may raise any red flags are all. This is particularly true if you are working on a work device as there could be sensitive information beyond just your own that could be at risk. Never take a chance on any website with any device that you don’t feel comfortable with. This attacks are very expensive to the victim, and they are easy to avoid.