Scammers are trying to exploit coronavirus concerns to breach companies

“As we have seen in the past, crises of all kinds will bring out the bad guys. Make sure your team is aware of this latest scam to avoid putting your data at risk.”

– Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies

Be alert, researchers from the email security firm Proofpoint recently discovered a series of phishing attempts aimed at businesses in sectors that are particularly vulnerable to a disruption in trade because of the coronavirus, such as manufacturing, transportation and finance. The messages feature subject lines like “Coronavirus – Brief note for the shipping industry,” then direct recipients to download a Microsoft Word document promising more information. Unfortunately, scammers of all sorts have historically worked to exploit attention and concerns on global crises, from natural disasters to sudden geopolitical events. Read more about this latest phishing scam in this article by Jeff Stone for cyberscoop.

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