Microsoft Warns of Massive Covid-19 Themed E-mail Phishing Campaign4

Microsoft has issued a warning that since May 12th, cybercriminals have been taking advantage of the current crisis to send e-mails with attachments that if opened, would give them remote control of your computer. Subjects include, “WHO Covid-19 Situation report” and “Free COVID-19 Test”. The anti-phishing features of Office365 or G-Suite should prevent these messages from appearing in your corporate e-mail. However, they may appear in any personal e-mail accounts that you have. Also, since many of us are accessing the corporate network from our homes, please share this information with anyone else using a computer in your home.

Let’s face it, where would any of us be today without technology today?  It’s how we stay connected with family, friends, social groups and what’s going on around the world.  However, it is also very easy for scammers to take advantage of and disrupt our personal lives through our devices and social platforms.  From social and phone to email and text, hackers are on the prowl across all digital platforms waiting to seize the opportunity to get their hands on your confidential information.

As always, we encourage you to please continue using best practices when reading e-mail:

  • Please be careful when opening e-mail from an unknown sender
  • Please be careful when opening any unexpected attachment
  • Pay attention to any warnings that appear after opening an attachment
  • Unless you communicate frequently with the sender, be careful when clicking on any links in an e-mail
  • Be wary of any subject line or message that is appealing to emotion, or encouraging you to take action quickly
  • Be wary of any e-mail or link that is requesting you to enter your username and password for any account

Voice phishing or “vishing” is on the rise as well.  This is the fraudulent use of phone calls to manipulate people into giving money or sharing their personal information. Banking accounts, social security numbers or pins/passwords are information most often sought by phone scammers.   Most of these callers are in another country and will often sound like robots.  Hang up immediately!  If you receive a text and there is not a name or recognizable phone number associated with the text, delete it. 

In these uncertain times, safety is of top priority for us all.  We are here for you.  Contact us for a consultation.