(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Interpol, the international law enforcement agency, this week published a report that shows a huge increase in cyberattacks taking place globally during the COVID-19 outbreak. On Tuesday, the agency said that hackers are moving their focus away from individuals and focusing primarily on business and organizations…large and small.
The report explains that small businesses have been targeted by hackers, and even big corporate and government online networks have been compromised.
On top of that, Interpol reports many new disinformation campaigns being shared online, specifically during the lockdown period. It’s probably no coincidence that this happened at a time when businesses and workers have been relying more on the Internet to work every day.
Researchers saw a huge increase in phishing schemes, which prompt people to click a compromised link and enter their personal details. Other online scams which involve tricking people into installing malware on their device also increased, with many fake emails being sent by hackers pretending to be representatives of health authorities and governments.
Hackers have even been purchasing domain names and creating websites that pretend to offer information about COVID-19. As web traffic for coronavirus-related information increased, hackers set up websites that lured people in with the promise of useful advice and information. These websites are packed full of viruses that compromise the safety of users and access their personal data without them knowing.
“Nearly 30 percent of countries which responded to the global cybercrime survey confirmed the circulation of false information related to COVID-19,” Interpol said. “Within a one-month period, one country reported 290 postings with the majority containing concealed malware.”
Private consultants working with Interpol confirmed that hackers used the Business Email Compromise scheme primarily to compromise users. This is a scheme that deceives people with fake emails pretending to be from companies they trust or do business with. It involves tricking people into making payments to hackers, clicking compromised links, or getting them to download malware.
There was also a notable increase in “sextortion” according to Interpol, which blackmails people into sending sexually explicit photographs from themselves. This even involves the sexual exploitation of children.
It seems more important than ever for people to be wary of unsolicited emails, and to check the email addresses from which mail is sent from. Hackers are a very real threat to everybody in 2020.