The inevitable coronavirus-inspired cyber-attacks are stepping up. Are you ready?


You’ve probably had the COVID-19 coronavirus social-engineering scams quietly filtering into, hopefully, your junk folder by now. Featuring anything from bogus medical research with malware-laden URLs to one-to-one approaches offering fake vaccines, it’s not taken very long.

While it makes a change from exclusive offers to help transport millions in lost wealth from Ghana to Switzerland, or demands to hand over Bitcoin to retain sovereignty over your “interesting” pornographic preferences, there’s a real danger with crooks pivoting to exploiting the coronavirus pandemic.

The problem is that, either by accident or design on the parts of the attackers, the sheer scale and immediacy of virus outbreak means some of us can’t help but be moved by the emotional and mental toll on ourselves and others, which scammers can exploit.

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