From March 2020 to July 2021, the global cybersecurity company blocked more than one million user attempts to visit these sites *.
To better understand how scammers take advantage of the epidemiological challenge, Kaspersky experts analyzed pandemic-related spam emails and phishing sites designed to steal users’ credentials.
Various fake payment offers and discounted rates for COVID-19 tests are some of the most commonly used issues by cyber criminals. Recently, phishing ads for fake QR codes and vaccination certificates for restaurants and public events have become popular.
Pandemic-related fraud attempts peaked in March 2021. Kaspersky’s researchers observed a small drop in June, before digital criminals stepped up their efforts. During this month, Kaspersky products detected and blocked 14% more pandemic-related phishing sites than in May.
“In most pandemic-related scams, cybercriminals aim to obtain user data. The phishing is often used for this: a user follows one link from an ad or one email and reaches a page where he is asked to enter personal details and bank card details. Once they have this information, attackers can use it to steal money from a target’s accounts. If you see a message about the pandemic, we recommend that you always double check that the information comes from an official source and never give your personal information to suspicious websites. “, comments Alexey Marchenko, Head of Content Filtering Research at Kaspersky.
To avoid being scammed, Kaspersky also advises users:
- Be skeptical of any unusually generous offers and promotions.
- Do not follow links from suspicious emails, instant messages or social media communications.
- Always check the authenticity of any unknown site you visit.
- Use a reliable security solution, such as Kaspersky Security Cloud, which identifies malicious attachments and blocks phishing sites.
* Anonymous data based on Kaspersky product tracking from March 2020 to July 2021.
Source: Digital Life! by www.digitallife.gr.
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