Don’t Let Coronavirus Fears Tempt You to Click Malware

Don’t Let Coronavirus Fears Tempt You to Click Malware

It didn’t take cybercriminals long to determine ways to leverage the coronavirus crisis to funnel away your hard-earned revenue. Here’s what you need to know to steer clear of these hacks.  

You may not think of hackers as the most creative bunch of individuals, but they are certainly putting on their thinking caps when it comes to finding ways to make money on the coronavirus crisis. There is a certain amount of fear and hysteria in the air, and that provides a prime breeding ground for scammers looking for ways to make easy money. With hundreds of thousands of Canadians working from home due to the need for social distancing, it’s not surprising that there’s some confusion around what is safe to explore online. Overworked IT departments are struggling to find ways to provide service to remote staff members, some of which have never worked from home before. In this world of working chaos, sometimes it seems as though the only winners are the cybercriminals. Here are some tips that will help you and your staff reduce the possibility of a malware attack as you navigate the winding path back to workplace normality.

Coronavirus Malware Threats in Toronto

Cybercriminals Leverage Emotion to Encourage Clicks

Marketers take pride in sharing emotional stories that cause their audience to take action, but hackers are now using some of these same tactics against businesspeople. According to Carmi Levy, director of the London, Ont. based Info-Tech Research Group, “They’re taking advantage of the fact that we’re all looking for something, we all want this to be over and we’re more likely to respond when we see something that appeals to that inner humanity.” The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has provided some extremely good guidance to help companies that are struggling with cybersecurity issues

Navigate Directly to Trusted Government Websites and News Outlets

Unfortunately, hackers are also employing tactics such as creating websites that mimic government outlets, making it nearly impossible for visitors to tell the difference between the fake site and the “real” version. This is all done with the hopes that visitors will enter personal or business information that can then be leveraged to drive a broader attack on companies in Canada and around the world. The only way to ensure safety is to always navigate directly to the correct URL for your news outlet of choice or government website. Any links that you click on within social media sites or via email should be viewed with distrust. Earlier this month, a fake Public Health Agency of Canada website page was created, purporting to provide information for individuals about the coronavirus scare. Unfortunately, when visitors downloaded anything from the site, they were actually loading malware into their devices.

Protecting your organization is the primary focus during these difficult times. The professionals at Sysoft.ca are continually looking for ways to reduce friction and help ensure that your operations are moving as efficiently and securely as possible. Contact our team at 416-410-7268 or via email to info@sysoft.ca to schedule your complimentary initial consultation. Our technical experts work with organizations of all sizes throughout the Toronto area to provide proactive end-to-end IT support technology management solutions.