The good news is, overall cybercrime isn’t necessarily going up significantly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say. The bad news is, coronavirus phishing attacks have become a dominant — and effective — threat.
“PhishLabs is not seeing a significant change in attack volumes. What PhishLabs has seen is that COVID-19 has become part of the lure, part of the social engineering mechanism of phishing attacks,” PhishLabs founder and CTO John LaCour said. “We’re seeing malware attacks, we’re seeing credential phishing attacks, we’re seeing advance fee fraud/419 scams, we’re seeing ransomware, we’re seeing all of those things that we see from time to time where attackers are leveraging coronavirus as part of the lure, part of the scam.”
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