The coronavirus pandemic has shifted millions of employees to remote work set-ups and has prompted governments to disperse financial aid, about which businesses and individuals can find information online. In turn, cybercriminals have preyed on the cybersecurity vulnerabilities that remote workers often have, seen recently in reports that remote workers have been targeted by up to 65,00 Google-branded impersonation attacks, as well as releasing a spate of malicious websites that seek to scam or misinform people about governments’ financial assistance programs.
“Cybercriminals read the paper and read news online so they look for crises and they use those to drive cybercrime,” said Brian Lapidus (pictured), global practice leader for Kroll’s identity theft and breach notification practice. “We’re seeing cybercriminals really take advantage of the chaos that a pandemic causes.”
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