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More than 18 million COVID-19 related malware and phishing emails daily


More than 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 in the recent weeks

Everyday Gmail blocks more than 1000 million phishing emails. In recent weeks, Google had seen 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19. This was in addition to more than 240 million COVID-related daily spam messages. These attacks and scams use fear and financial concerns to create urgency to prompt users to respond. Here are some common examples:

  • Impersonating authoritative organizations like the World Heath Organization (WHO) and MOH to solicit fraudulent donations or distribute malware.

  • Impersonating as government institutions and capitalize on government stimulus packages to solicit confidential information or distribute malware.

  • Targeting organizations that are impacted by Stay-at-Home orders and impersonating as their suppliers to solicit fraudulent payment.

Reference: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/mof-warns-of-solidarity-payment-scammers-pretending-to-be-government-officials

Fake Covid-19 email purportedly sent by PM Lee

Source :https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/covid-19-pm-lee-warns-public-fake-email-about-virus-situation?cid=h3_referral_inarticlelinks_03092019_todayonline

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had warned the public about a scam email claiming to be from his personal account that invites recipients to reply with their thoughts on the Covid-19 outbreak.

The email originated from a domain [email protected]. Please do not provide any personal information nor forward it to anyone else.

Impersonating as the Company

Many hackers are making use of the unfamiliarity with the work-form-home modus operandi to trick users into clicking on phishing links.

Source: https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/identity-security/protecting-against-cyber-threats-during-covid-19-and-beyond

Protect yourself against Phishing:

  • NEVER TRUST the sender's name. Remember to check the sender's email.

  • Remember phishing emails and scams are designed to make you panic or pique your curiosity. Do not click on any links, download attachments or provide any information without validating the source.

  • You should refer to official websites and sources for information about Covid-19:

  • https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19

  • https://www.gov.sg/features/covid-19


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