Coronavirus-themed phishing lures are still on the rise, particularly in certain geographic locations – but most are being stopped before they reach your inbox.
Cyber criminals are tailoring coronavirus-related phishing and malware attacks to make them more effective at targeting victims in certain locations around the world, even as attackers continue to distribute millions of malicious spam emails every single day.
Google Cloud has detailed how the past month has seen the emergence of regional hotspots for COVID-19-related cyberattacks, with the UK, India and Brazil all seeing a rise in malware, phishing and spam campaigns looking to exploit fears over the virus.
In each case, the attacks and scams are using regionally relevant lures such as supposed government advice in an effort to reel victims in.
One example targeting people in the UK masquerades as an email from the Small Business Grant fund, a government imitative to help small businesses get through coronavirus. These attacks, which often involve a malicious file or phishing link, are designed to trick the victim into giving up personal information, as well as financial details.