Online security guard Kaspersky identified no fewer than 5,000 pandemic-related phishing websites, 300 of which are in Europe and 34 in the Netherlands. From March 2020 to July 2021, the cybersecurity company prevented more than a million attempts by users to visit these sites.
Scam activity peaked in March 2021. Kaspersky researchers noted a slight decline in June, after which it was found that cybercriminals were intensifying their efforts. In July, Kaspersky products detected and blocked 14 percent more pandemic-related phishing websites than in May.
In most cases, cyber criminals aim to obtain user data. A user follows a link from an advertisement or email and arrives at a page where they are asked to enter personal information and bank card details.
Recently, phishing ads for fake QR codes and vaccination certificates for restaurants and public events have become popular.
Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.
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