The Coronavirus pandemic has spiked the number of remote workers from home. With the ongoing pandemic and lockdown still in effect, everyone is working from home. Now there is a big chance that you have already been exposed to many cyberattack. Researchers from Brock University advise how to steer clear of them. Because of the pandemic, video-conferencing tool Zoom was the first one to fall for phishing attacks.
Over the Coronavirus pandemic, Zoom turned into a popular telecom company overnight. Because Zoom helped overcome difficulties for many educational and business organizations. But within a few days of usage, the software started reporting a lot of problems. Unprotected online classes and conferences fell in the hands of eavesdroppers. Zoom Bomb became a common word.
Our critical infrastructures — such as electric power grids and natural gas pipelines — depend on #IT systems and electronic data to operate, but #cyberthreats are increasingly posing risks to these systems. Today’s WatchBlog explores these growing risks: https://t.co/cLTLHyVig1 pic.twitter.com/wOBWNbFsAI
— U.S. GAO (@USGAO) April 9, 2020
While Zoom is working on its said cybersecurity, it is important to take responsibility for your own cyber safety. Start protecting every application with a password. Cyberattack is now very common.
The Coronavirus pandemic is a playground for hackers. Almost 30,000 COVID-19 related domains were under registry since March. But investigation finds only 10% to be with malicious intent. Most of the malicious websites attract people for phishing attacks. Websites claim to show realtime WHO Coronavirus details but are actually a cyberattack on you.
— Vodafone Business (@VodafoneBiz) April 8, 2020
How to stay clear of such cyberattack?
- The most important part is, always backup your system at a regular interval.
- Always activate 2-factor authentication in all browser applications.
- Set proper password hash protection tools.
- Do not just click on any mail you receive. Pay attention to the sender’s address. Emails contain regular phishing attacks more so than not.
In general, phishing attacks do not occur widely, because they are not personalized. The new phishing attacks are costing people real money to get rid of it. The average per user loss is calculated to be $560. But altogether the price stands at almost $6.80 million.
Stay alert, stay safe!
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.