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#cybersecurity | hacker | World Health Organization warns about coronavirus phishing scams


The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warning today stating scammers are disguising themselves as WHO representatives to try and con people out of money and personal information.

The WHO said
phishing emails, phone calls, fake websites, texts and even faxes are being
sent under the WHO name asking for various types of login information, contain malicious
email attachments and links and for donations. The organization said it would
never solicit such information from individuals.

“Criminals
impersonate an authority figure who uses fear and a sense of urgency to trick
victims into clicking on links or attachments. Attachments often contain
malware, and links lead to phishing sites that look identical to genuine sites.
Basic security precautions should prevent you from falling victim to phishing.
Never click on links or attachments in unsolicited emails. Cross check the
domain of sender’s email address and any links in the email against the
official website domain found through Google,” said Paul Bischoff, privacy
advocate with Comparitech.

It is very
common for cybercriminals and scammers to use high-profile events, natural disasters
or topics in the news to try and convince an unwitting individual to do their
bidding. Similar incidents have surrounded the World Cup, Olympics and damaging
storms
so using a deadly viral outbreak is not surprising.

“Hackers
love to exploit fear and uncertainty, and crises are a big opportunity for
them. I suspect that the WHO is off the radar for most people, but hackers will
probably exploit the prevailing global supply chain issues and health
management uncertainty to launch ransomware and other attacks. Spoof emails
purporting to be from constrained suppliers or health insurance can cause a lot
of financial damage to victims,” said Colin Bastable, CEO of Lucy Security.

The
coronavirus has so far killed 1,400 people and infected 50,000 worldwide,
according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and the threat of illness
spurred IBM
Security
to pull out of next weeks RSA Conference in San Francisco.



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