We’ve all heard about the guy in Tennessee who bought 17,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, then tried to sell them at highly inflated prices.
Some people are going to try to make a buck off anything that happens, without regard to the rest of society. Hackers and scammers are some of those kind of people, and they’re playing the COVID-19 fears just like they do any other opportunity they find.
So it’s no surprise that we’re seeing reports of multiple COVID-19 related scams.
One form of attack involves well-crafted phishing emails that appear to come from health authorities but instead contain malicious software that can steal a person’s data or hijack their device. Be sure that the source is real, and are who they say they are.
One hacking attack saw Russian-language criminals share an interactive map of coronavirus infections and deaths, which had originally been created by John Hopkins University to offer real-time information about the pandemic. Anyone opening the map sent by the hackers would be infected by a form of password-stealing malware that had been hidden within the map.
Fake websites, phishing emails, and malware-laden “tools” abound, so be careful where you go and what you open.