Uptick of phishing attacks during COVID-19: don’t click the bait

With many Minnesotans working from home, it’s increasingly important to be on the lookout for phishing emails in both your personal and professional life. Security professionals have seen an exponential increase in the number of phishing attempts since January. Learn how to spot them and protect yourself from engaging with malicious links and PDFs claiming to contain urgent information on how to protect yourself from the spread of the disease in the United States.

Examples of COVID-19-related phishing attempts:

  • A fake COVID-19 tracking map that was distributing malware
  • COVID-19 smartphone apps distributing malware
  • Scam websites
  • Impersonations of the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization

Reporting suspicious messages, sites, and events will help email administrators detect and respond to the evolving cyber threats quickly. Avoid interacting with suspect sources, and only use official websites for the Centers of Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Stay vigilant while spending time on the internet and responding to emails so you don’t fall victim to phishing.

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