PHISHING and Malicious Software related to COVID-19
With all the SystemWide's going out on how to operate remotely………………..GrantPUD Cyber Security is adding another one to remind Everyone to stay alert and question everything.
As in all emergency situations our attentions are focused on the health and safety of our loved ones and our co-works and the natural tendency is to let our GUARD down, physically and electronically. As Humans we are naturally curious, especially about information related to our current situation, COVID-19.
There are several HIGH ALERTwarnings from federal, state, local, and Cyber Threat Analysis Labs on increased THREAT ACTIVITY related to COVID-19.
REMINDER:be extremely cautious when receiving any email (including those pretending to be from servicedesk, IT resources, and Management Personnel). Right now there is a lot of phishing email and malware within COVID-19 news, updates, etc………Use what you have learned through Cyber Awareness
- Check the Sender (make sure the email is correct, check the @domain, check the spelling)
- Check the grammar and Spelling of the subject and email content
- Hover over links
- If you didn't subscribe to the news, question why your receiving it
- If it is from a source you do not trust "Phish Alert" it.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.
CISA encourages individuals to remain vigilant and take the following precautions.
- Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments. See Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Scams for more information.
- Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
- Verify a charity's authenticity before making donations. Review the Federal Trade Commission's page on Charity Scams for more information.
- Review CISA Insights on Risk Management for COVID-19 for more information.
Thank you From your CYBER SECURITY TEAM if you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING