Source: Dubai – the Arab portal for technical news
British security officials have warned the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) of the Intelligence Agency named Headquarters for Government Communications (GCHQ) that cyber criminals and hacking groups are exploiting the turmoil it causes Corona virus emerging Through a combination of phishing and malware attacks, which are likely to increase as the epidemic increases.
In the details, the center’s experts explained that web users are at risk of losing money and sensitive data in the event that they are tricked into clicking on links in spam emails that claim to contain important information about the epidemic.
Impersonating international attributes
Examples to date include online fraud by WHO-impersonated groups and the American Center for Disease Control, fraudulent websites that have declared anti-virus equipment but turned out to be fake, and attackers looking for Bitcoin funding and claim it is dedicated to vaccine research .
This warning comes after the British government said last week that it had set up a unit dedicated to combating malicious disinformation campaigns about the emerging Corona virus by hostile countries or cyber criminals, and confirmed that it was working with social media companies to refute false or misleading allegations about the disease.
Russia is responsible
While the National Center for Cyber Security (NCSC) focuses on cybercriminals looking to exploit the crisis for financial gain, others have suggested that hostile states can take advantage of this confusion, as Leah Gabriel, the State Department official, told Congress that Russia is responsible for Groups of false figures on the Internet seeking to spread misleading information about the disease on social media, and made it clear that the entire Russian disinformation system plays a role in trying to take advantage of the epidemic caused by the epidemic.
Paul Chichester, Director of Operations at the National Center for Cyber Security (NCSC), noted that opportunistic pirates are making the most of the outbreak of the emerging Corona virus for personal gain, saying: “The center has seen an increase in the registration of virus-related web pages which suggests that cyber criminals are likely To take advantage of the disease outbreak. ”
(NCSC) responded in 2019 to 658 cyber attacks against the United Kingdom, according to its annual report, and removed links to more than 177,000 phishing sites, and the National Security Council says that the threat from hostile countries like Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran continues to pose strategic threats For Britain.
“Work from home”
Separately, analysts suggest that urgently providing people with new laptops to meet the need to work from home may overlook some of the basics of cyber security, raising concerns that companies may be more vulnerable.
Computer vendors told the Financial Times that many large companies buy brands that they do not usually use in order to ensure access to large quantities of the product, and these companies do not carry out standard strict testing procedures before purchasing laptop computers.