Recent reports show a spike in malicious cyber activity while many Americans have been told to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A study by Baracuda Networks shows coronavirus-related phishing attacks have spiked 667% since March 1.
“People are distracted right now. They’re working from home, trying to school their kids. And when you’re distracted, the bad guys are out there to try to take advantage of that,” said John Ansbach, a Dallas-based information and cyber security expert.
Ansbach works for New York-based Aon’s Cyber Solution, a global cyber security firm that does data breach response and data security consulting for large employers.
He says the pandemic has left many Americans in a position to be duped.
People are expecting communications about the coronavirus pandemic or about opportunities to support their families. That means people are more likely to accept calls and click on links that they would otherwise be suspicious of.
So what’s at risk? Your personal identity and your corporate network.
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