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Often the hardest part in creating an effective awareness program is deciding what NOT to teach. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, organizations worldwide are implementing work-from-home policies. Yet for many businesses, managing an entirely remote workforce is completely new, which means they may lack the processes, policies, and technologies that enable employees to work...
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Law enforcement agencies in Virginia have created a new task force to deal specifically with the rising deluge of scams based around the COVID-19 outbreak. The Virginia Coronavirus Task Force is a joint federal and state initiative led by assistant United States attorneys from both the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, in partnership with experienced fraud...
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Thanks to Michelle Farenci and the Sophos Security Team for their help with this article. Cybercriminals really do know no limits. Remember sextortion, where they say they’ll spam your friends and family with x-rated photos of you that they got via malware? At least, they will unless you pay them $2000. Well, the Sophos Security...
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A growing number of world governments are using surveillance techniques to gauge whether their citizens are heeding instructions to stay indoors and isolate amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  Technologies designed to track and analyze terrorists, tourists, and public travel patterns are now being deployed in an effort to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading further.  Officials in Italy...
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Late last week, researchers at network intelligence company DomainTools warned about an Android malware sample that caught our attention. Like many other cyberthreats doing the rounds these days, the criminals have used the coronavirus pandemic as a lure, offering an intriguing if rather creepy app called COVID 19 TRACKER. Catchy icon of the malware app...
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Cyber-attackers have hacked the US Health and Human Services Department as America works hard to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 virus.  The intrusion occurred on Sunday night and is thought to have been motivated by a desire to slow the agency down and spread misinformation among the public. After compromising the department’s system, attackers...
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Following the continued spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe, we’d like to reassure our customers and partners that our ability to protect them is uncompromised. All departments, including threat intelligence, protection, and response from SophosLabs, Managed Threat Response, and Global Support Services are operating as normal to provide 24×7 detection, protection, and technical support....
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Cyber-criminals have launched a fake coronavirus threat map website to steal personal information from a panicked public. The new site joins a growing number of scams exploiting COVID-19, proving that while the world may be running out of hand sanitizer, criminals are not running out of new ways to exploit human fear and curiosity. The...
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Two engineers who reportedly attended last month’s RSA Conference in San Francisco have tested positive for Coronavirus. According to a statement posted on Twitter, the engineers worked for Exabeam, though the company could not confirm “whether they contracted Covid-19 prior to, at or after the conference,” but warned anyone who did come into contact with...
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The global pandemic of Coronavirus, and the concerns of people traveling and gathering indoors at large events, has hit the cybersecurity events calendar with events now being canceled. Initially Mobile World Congress was canceled, after being due to take place in late February, with a statement claiming that this was due to “the global concern...
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Many if not most organisations have already crossed the “working from home”, or at least the “working while on the road” bridge. If you’re on the IT team, you’re probably used to preparing laptops for staff to use remotely, and setting up mobile phones with access to company data. But global concerns over the current...
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Earlier this month, we reported on a phishing scam in which the lure was “safety measures” against the Coronavirus (Covid-19). In that attack, the crooks took you to a facsimile of the website of the World Health Organization (WHO), where the information was originally published. On the ripped-off copy of the site, however, the crooks...
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Does drinking bleach cure the coronavirus? NO. Not unless by “cure” you really mean “will potentially kill you before Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has a chance to.” That’s why, following the World Health Organization (WHO) having declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern, Facebook late last month said it would help by trying...
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Moscow is harnessing the power of facial recognition technology to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The city’s mayor said on Friday that the tech was being used in Russia’s capital in an effort to dissuade people placed under quarantine from leaving their home or hotel. In a bid to protect its population of...
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IBM has confirmed that it plans to not participate in next week’s RSA Conference in San Francisco. Citing the “health of IBMers” as its primary concern, the company said it is continuing to monitor upcoming events and travel relative to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and as part of that, “we are cancelling our participation in this...
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Threat actors exploiting public interest in the ongoing coronavirus outbreak have baited their phishing traps with a new lure—conspiracy theories about unreleased cures. The new tactic was noted by researchers at Proofpoint, who have been monitoring global malicious activity related to the life-threatening virus in the form of hundreds of thousands of messages.  Alongside a flurry...
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Thanks to the Sophos Security Team for their help with this article. Sadly, cybercrooks love a crisis, because it gives them a believable reason to contact you with a phishing scam. Here’s a tasteless and exploitative example, reported to us by the Sophos Security Team, of a current scam that uses the coronavirus as its...
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Security experts are warning of new phishing campaigns designed to capitalize on global fears of the fast-spreading coronavirus. Last week saw the first reported UK infections of the virus, known for now as 2019-nCoV, after it spread around the world from an epicenter in Wuhan, China. Concerns persist over whether the true extent of the virus,...
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