Doug Bedell — April 27, 2020, 12:42 pm

DHS Leading a Charge Against Cyber Exploitation of COVID-19


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is serving as a reference and prevention point for a lot of fraud and financial exploitation being prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Throughout the crisis, transnational criminal organizations have attempted to profit from the shipping of prohibited medical supplies, personal protective equipment, and other products which claim to help in the fight against coronavirus. Other criminal opportunists are attempting social engineering, phishing, non-delivery, and auction fraud scams related to coronavirus.

“However, the men and women of DHS across the country are standing watch to protect the American public from this criminal and often dangerous schemes.”

Much of the exploitation is being attempted via breaches in cybersecurity. “Cyber hackers are regularly sending emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to gain access to company data and resources, or to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities and causes…”

So be on the cyber alert, knowing that you’re joined by federal officials during a disease pandemic.

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