New cyber-threats are emerging every day as threat actors and cyber-criminals are busy finding more ways to exploit fear and vulnerability during these uncertain times. It is imperative to stay up to date and educate yourself and your staff on all the latest cybersecurity threats that have emerged trying to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our last webinar covered some of the latest phishing threats and cyber scams that are out there, giving real-life examples and training for how to spot these attacks and how to protect yourself.
Samantha McAdam, a writer in Toronto, told CTV News Toronto she recently received a text supposedly from the Canadian government telling her that $1,375 had been put into her account.
"Quite honestly, like a lot of people I'm at home with my children and didn't get a full night's sleep, so for a second I thought: ‘Is this real?’" she said.
Have you recently received a text message claiming to be from the Red Cross offering you a “free” mask? Or maybe an unexpected and unsolicited call from someone purporting to be from a government agency and saying you’ve tested positive for COVID-19?
According to the RCMP, which is tracking reported scams, in at least one case fraudsters posed as the Public Health Agency and told Canadians they had tested positive for COVID-19, then asked for credit card information for a prescription.
Criminals are also mimicking the federal government to send out coronavirus-themed phishing emails and malicious attachments, they said.
The Canadian government website lists some COVID-19 scams that have been reported, ranging widely from door-to-door salespeople selling disinfecting products to private companies offering health services.The website warns that Canadians should be extra careful with unsolicited calls and texts, fake charities asking for money and people selling medication or health products. Canadians should never give out personal or financial information to unsolicited contacts, it says.
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