In the same way cybercriminals have capitalized on the global pandemic with coronavirus-related phishing attacks, they are now trying to leverage the vaccine to steal money and personal information. The FBI issued a warning in December about emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.
In an analysis conducted between October 2020 and January 2021, Barracuda researchers found that hackers are increasingly using vaccine-related emails in their targeted spear-phishing attacks. Right after pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer and Moderna announced availability of vaccines in November 2020, the number of vaccine-related spear-phishing attacks increased by 12%. By the end of January, the average number of vaccine-related spear-phishing attacks was up 26% since October.
Here’s a closer look at the latest vaccine-related phishing attacks and solutions to help detect, block, and recover from them.
Vaccine-related phishing: Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the heightened focus on the COVID-19 vaccine to launch spear-phishing attacks. Capitalizing on fear and uncertainty, the attacks using urgency, social engineering, and other common tactics to lure victims.
Barracuda researchers identified two predominant types of spear-phishing attacks using vaccine-related themes: Brand Impersonation and Business Email Compromise.
Vaccine-related phishing emails impersonated a well-known brand or organization and included a link to a phishing website advertising early access to vaccines, offering vaccinations in exchange for a payment, or even impersonating health care professionals requesting personal information to check eligibility for a vaccine (refer the image below).
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
“Robot Friends” and VR for Loneliness during the Pandemic: Know what IEEE experts have to say
A result of the isolation that individuals have endured due to the COVID-19 pandemic includes feelings of loneliness and depression. To help those experiencing these types of feelings, technologists, researchers, and healthcare workers are tapping into the benefits of using “robot friends” and VR for loneliness.
THREAT SPOTLIGHT: THE GEOGRAPHY AND NETWORK CHARACTERISTICS OF PHISHING ATTACKS
The country where emails originate and the number of countries they are routed through on the way to their final destination offer important warning signs of phishing attacks.
Have You Tried These Apps Yet?
Why Cybersecurity Is Becoming A Top Priority For Drug Makers
In the last ten years, we’ve witnessed a dramatic rise in the number of novel disease outbreaks globally. Leading pharmaceutical companies have been working rigorously to develop newer drugs to effectively counter these threats. The relentless pressure to innovate and produce medicines has pushed major drug companies to embrace digital technology. And as the pharma industry moves towards complete digitalization, the shadow of cyber threats now looms larger than ever. This is evident from the startling levels of sophistication in cybercrimes this millennium has seen already. Pharmaceutical companies need to be vigilant and proactive to prevent the security breaches caused by external as well as internal actors. A failure to keep data security measures updated can prove disastrous for drug companies in several ways.
Five Tips To Stay Away From UPI Frauds
If there was one silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the effect it had on India’s digital payment journey.
What Does 5G Mean For Cybersecurity?
The buzz around 5G is reaching a fevered pitch – barely a day goes by where it isn’t in the news. We have heard about the data capacity and speed increases, lower latency, and lower power consumption.
Threat Spotlight: Vaccine-Related Phishing
Beware of phishing campaigns that use the COVID-19 vaccination as a hook.
A ‘New Choice' For Parents Of Pre-Teens And Teens On YouTube
This generation of pre-teens and teens has grown up online, and it’s where they go to learn, laugh, and connect. Every family has a different approach to how they use technology, access the internet and set digital ground rules. Over the years, Google India has made investments to protect families and kids on YouTube, such as launching a dedicated YouTube Kids app, better protecting their privacy, restricting features and improving age restrictions. Recently, Google has announced a ‘new choice’ for parents who think that their pre-teens and teens are ready to explore YouTube with a supervised account.
A Big Shout Out To 32 New Games Added To Apple Arcade
The best collection of mobile games just got a lot bigger. Recently, Apple has added 32 incredible gaming titles from today’s most celebrated gaming franchises, brands, and creators to its popular gaming subscription service “Apple Arcade,” as well as announced two brand new categories: App Store Greats, and Timeless Classics.
Microsoft rolled out “Kids Mode” for Safe Browsing in Edge Browser
When kids are spending more time online nowadays, parents are equally more concerned about the incidental exposure of kids to inappropriate stuff. To address this issue, Microsoft has recently introduced “Kids Mode” — a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that has been designed specifically for kids. This feature, however, is limited to US English on Windows and MacOS.