Status: The cyber-danger situation in the coronavirus crisis
But while organizations are better prepared for digital collaboration now, the dangers remain. After all, the last few months have shown that cybercriminals are deliberately exploiting the coronavirus crisis for their own purposes. Between January and April 2020 alone, Interpol observed nearly one million spam messages, 737 serious malware incidents, and nearly 50,000 malicious URLs in the explicitly related to COVID-19. In a report on the danger situation during the coronavirus crisis published by Interpol, respondents say that have increasingly observed phishing emails, but also new malware and fake websites since the beginning of the crisis. In the report, published in August, Interpol predicts a further increase in cyber attacks that exploit the general fear in society about the coronavirus.
The general upset and insecurity of the people and insufficiently protected computers and networks in their home offices offer the cybercriminals a perfect attack surface. They manipulate people emotionally by alluding to supposed new coronavirus regulations in phishing emails, for example, or pretending to represent official institutions. Like that, they are able to provoke clicks on malicious links.