The Latest Phishing Attack: COVID-19 / Cyber Security Tips for Remote Working

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have issued a statement regarding phishing attacks, as scammers are reported to have been posing as representatives in order to gain personal information and bank details. During these unprecedented times, it’s vital end-users are adopting the latest Cyber Security advice to combat the evolving threat landscape.

 

The WHO has stated that it will:

  • never ask for your username or password to access safety information
  • never email attachments you didn’t ask for
  • never ask you to visit a link outside of www.who.int
  • never charge money to apply for a job, register for a conference, or reserve a hotel
  • never conduct lotteries or offer prizes, grants, certificates or funding through email.

 

Reported scams so far include:

  • Attackers posing as the WHO and asking for fundraising
  • Attackers selling fake “cures” for the virus and posing as health brands

 

For further advice on how to protect your organisation or yourself against Cyber Attacks, please get in contact today.

As well as attackers using COVID-19 to gain personal information, increased remote working has also created greater opportunity for cyber criminals. Below we list a number of measures to help prevent cyber crime whilst not in the office:

General Device Safety
  • Make sure you lock your laptops away securely when you are not using them, particularly when you are out of the house
  • If you are carrying your laptop outside of the house please be extra vigilant
  • If you have to have your laptop in your car please keep it out of sight, locked in the boot if necessary
Passwords
  • Ensure that your personal password is complex and secure
  • Ensure that your password is not visible to others at any time
  • Under no circumstance should a device be left unlocked, even if you are leaving the device to make a drink or make a phone call
Sensitive Data
  • Do not send company information to your personal devices
  • Do not print sensitive or confidential data at home
  • Please be aware of who else around you can see your data
  • If you are working remotely please limit the use of public WiFi, i.e. coffee shops etc.
  • If you look away from your device, please double check that there are no external devices that have not been put in place by yourselves i.e. USB sticks plugged into your laptop before logging back in
  • It’s important to remain vigilant for any suspicious emails. Remember that if you are in any doubt do not open emails and report them directly to your IT partner

 

Switch off your laptop each evening as this will ensure that any security updates are applied automatically when switched back on.

Sentinel One, a platform we offer as part of our cyber security solution, are offering free access to help prevent cyber crime. For more information or extra advice regarding cyber security, please contact us today.