According to Verizon's 2019 Mobile Security Index report, two-thirds of organizations said they are less confident about the security of their mobile assets than other devices. Many of these breaches occur due to vulnerable devices, servers and applications that allow bad actors to gain access. Security breaches and the threat of compromise are a serious issue for organizations of all sizes.
Google says that Gmail blocks more than 100 million phishing emails per day. Now, Google is seeing 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19. This is in addition to more than 240 million COVID-related daily spam messages.
Due to COVID-19, there are more Americans conducting life online than ever before – over 70 percent are teleworking, and of that, 34 percent have been granted telework options who would otherwise not have had them – but 62 percent have signed up for new tools and platforms to work, study or play.
Barracuda researchers have seen a steady increase in the number of coronavirus or COVID-19-related spear-phishing attacks since January 2020, but they have observed a recent spike in this type of attack, up 667-percent since the end of February 2020.
Recently, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) cautioned taxpayers of the opportunity for criminals to steal economic impact payments through various means of deception.
A joint advisory published by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) shows that cyber criminals and advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are targeting individuals and organizations with a range of ransomware and malware.
Amid the hysteria over coronavirus (COVID-19), many people know to seek out trusted third-parties for guidance in situations like these, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But lesser known is the fact that phishing scammers have started capitalizing on the wide-spread fear and uncertainty for their benefit by posing as these authoritative agencies.
Concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has dominated global headlines. And now cybercriminals are using all tools at hand to take advantage of this concern to spread phishing and social engineering scams and misinformation.
Picture this: a news story detailing a cyberattack in which no data was exfiltrated, thousands (or even millions) of credit card details weren’t stolen, and no data was breached. While this isn’t the type of headline we often see, it recently became a reality in Las Vegas.