Cyber Scams rise to 2,000 in a single Month
Since mid-February, the National Cybersecurity Agency of the UK has targeted and eradicated more than 2,000 scams. Such a high number of cases targeted by an arm of the GHCQ Intelligence Agency of the UK in a single month is evidence that cyber attackers are leaving no measures to spread COVID-19 fear and panic among online users.
According to the details launched by the NCSC, UK, the 2,000 reported scams include:
888 Advance-fee frauds that directed victims to submit payments to get good returns
555 websites practicing malware attacks on visitors
471 stores scamming people by selling fake Coronavirus-related items
200 Phishing sites stealing personal information such as credit card details and passwords
What can you do?
You can also become a part of NSCS’s missions to eliminate the cyberattacks as the GCHQ has decided to collaborate with the Londoners and the City of London Police. The new collaboration program will deploy a Suspicious Email Reporting Service directly to the Police.
If you are someone who is being targeted by scammers through suspicious COVID-19 related emails, they can send it to email@example.com. The Service providers will expertly analyze the email link, determine its nature, and remove it immediately if the link is confirmed as a phishing or scamming link.
Follow the NCSC Guide
Since commoners are the main target of COVID-19 Scams, the NCSC of the UK has launched a guide to enable people to enhance their online security. According to the Cyber Aware Advice, here are some of the compelling ways you can adopt to prevent COVID-19 Cyberattacks:
Create passwords based on three random words to secure essential accounts
Enable two-factor authentication for crucial accounts
Set up a separate, unique, new password for your email account
Enable automatic updates on apps and software downloaded on your device or manually update everything regularly
Backup important data to evade Ransomware
Times are hard, but that does not mean that we give up and fall into the trap of COVID-19 scams. By adopting suitable measures, critical situations can be avoided.