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Hackers want to take advantage of the coronavirus with fake websites and phishing schemes

Exploiting a public health crisis for personal gain is the terrible crime of our time.

The research arm of security firm Check Point found that cybercriminals around the world have launched phishing and other malware deployment schemes that are based on people's thirst for information about the coronavirus.

The most recent

Coronavirus-related websites created in January and February this year were found to have "50% more likely to be malicious" than other websites created in the same period of time.

That means that if you search for information about the coronavirus, you might stumble upon a website that has the sole purpose of stealing your information.

The criminals

They have also sent phishing email campaigns that claim to contain information about the coronavirus. A campaign in Italy posed as an official email from the World Health Organization.

In truth, it contained a malicious attachment and was sent to 10 percent of organizations within Italy.

"Concerns about COVID-19, or the new coronavirus, seem to have become as contagious as the virus itself," it reads in the Check Point report.

"Cybercriminals quickly take advantage of these concerns for their own benefit."

"More than 4,000 coronavirus-related domains have been registered worldwide." according to the report

The researchers

They found that 3 percent of those sites were malicious and an additional 5 percent were tagged as suspicious. That means there were around 320 incomplete websites lurking online, ready to take advantage of people's fears.

A recently created Russian website offered heavily discounted coronavirus test kits along with a thermal infection map.

The products were fake and the website was not protected, which means that hackers could use it as a way to spy on their activity and get their personal data.

The best way to protect yourself

It is to distrust and investigate if the pages are trustworthy; The first thing you have to see is the URL; Also make sure that the page is secure next to the URL there must be a lock that says the page is secure and similar email addresses, and for nothing in the world should you open attachments or download anything from an unknown source.

With a shortage of coronavirus tests and no known cures, buying discounted coronavirus tests and cures isn't really a thing.

"An exclusive cure for Coronavirus for $ 150 'is generally not a trustworthy or trustworthy purchase opportunity, but a fraud." says the report.

"At this time there is no cure for the coronavirus and even if there were, it definitely would not be offered to you via email."

"Always look for information from your most reliable source."