As the world reels from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, hackers and scammers are thriving on fears surrounding the virus, creating a new threat for businesses and individuals. Scams and email phishing schemes surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have multiplied in recent weeks.
While we may envision hackers sitting in dark rooms hovering over computers with lines of code scrolling down their screens, the portrait of modern hackers is much more sinister. In fact, today’s hackers and cyber attackers are much more akin to the con artist or snake oil salesman of old.
You’ve likely heard of phishing – you know, the scams where someone sends you a fake email to trick you into giving up your password or banking information. Most of us have heard about phishing many, many times. So many times, in fact, that we’re tempted to tune it out and think to ourselves, “Ha, I would never fall for one of those scams.”
‘Tis the season… we want to be jolly, but unfortunately, hackers and scammers want to take advantage of our holiday habits. The holidays are one of the most notorious times of year for cybercrime, because hackers know that we’re spending money and we’re preoccupied. Keep your holidays merry and bright by shopping safe this holiday season. Here are a few tips you should know:
Faced with the growing threat of hacks and data breaches, more and more businesses are looking toward cyber liability insurance to protect themselves. Being proactive about cybercrime is a good thing. Unfortunately, many cyber insurance policies have gaps in coverage that can leave your business vulnerable.
If you haven’t heard, a super-sneaky phishing attack posing as Google Docs recently rampaged among Gmail users. The cleverly disguised email only took a couple clicks (through a REAL Google site!) to access your email account and forward the phishing email to everyone in your contact list. Google reacted quickly to stop the attack, but it spread like wildfire while it was active because it was so hard to detect.