UK intelligence warns cybercriminals exploit COVID-19 outbreak to launch online attacks

The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) warned on Monday that Cybercriminals are exploiting citizens’ concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

“Individuals in the UK have also been targeted by Coronavirus-themed phishing emails with infected attachments containing fictitious safety measures.’’

The agency reported an increase in COVID-19-themed websites, indicating that criminals are trying to use the current outbreak in perpetrating cyber-attacks.

“These attacks are versatile and can be conducted through various media, adapted to different sectors and monetised via multiple means, including ransomware, credential theft, bitcoin or fraud,’’ the NCSC added.

As early as February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) cautioned against opening phishing emails sent by criminals pretending to be WHO. (Sputnik/NAN)