Cybersecurity: COVID-19 Phishing Schemes

Cybersecurity: COVID-19 Phishing Schemes

People are increasingly searching for vaccination information, such as where it is being administered and who has been approved to receive it, as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be released. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a large increase in COVID-19-related phishing schemes. Email phishing attempts disguised as vaccination appointment communications, as well as attacks against pharmaceutical businesses and vaccine distributors, are on the rise.

Phishing assaults are becoming more common as a result of the large remote workforce, and attackers are focusing their efforts on employees who access to their company’s network from home because they’re the simplest targets. To fight this, businesses should review their identity management and security strategies to ensure that only the proper personnel have access to the resources they require at any given time. To comply with this goal, organizations will need to properly review their current infrastructure, giving specific emphasis to company-wide deployment.

Here are some signs that you can use to determine if you believe some is trying to scam you:

1. You are asked to pay out of pocket for the vaccine.

2. You are asked to pay to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or to get early access.

3. Advertisements for vaccines through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, online, or from unsolicited/unknown sources.

4. Marketers offering to sell or ship doses of the vaccine for payment.

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