Cyber criminals also rely on people’s increased need for information. For example, we’ve seen at Avira an exponential increase in registrations of domain names with keywords such as “corona” or “covid”. In addition to being used for serious information, cybercriminals access and misuse the website for criminal activities. For example, they offer contaminated files to be downloaded, through which they obtain personal data or gain access to devices and the network. Threat researchers at Avira have already discovered various documents (PDF, MP4, and Docx) that have names related to the spread of the corona virus that carry pests Trojans and ransomware. Cybercriminals are also happy to falsify institutions, for example to apply for emergency aid. They then misuse the fraudulently obtained data for illegal activities. For example, the website of the US medical research institute Johns Hopkins University, which displays the number of people infected worldwide, has already been falsified.
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These were just a few examples relating to corona scams, which show how unscrupulous cybercriminals leverage the pandemic and resulting fear. And will continue to do so. So stay alert and careful, both offline and online.