With all eyes focused on how the world gets through the pandemic, coronavirus scams and criminal activity accelerate at a rapid pace. Whether it's the sale of fake test kits, fraudulent remedies, or simple hand-sanitizer and toilet paper theft, every COVID-19 crime preys on two things...our anxiety and our desire to be informed.
The Most Lucrative Coronavirus Crime
The most lucrative coronavirus criminal is the cyber scanner. Cyber security experts say hackers are using the public's desire to be informed to infect computer systems with malware specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access. Per Jonathan Tock, Director of Security Operations at St Louis based SpearTip, "There were over 2000 domains registered (within the last two weeks) with the coronavirus somewhere in the name." Many are produced by hackers who have recognized a big opportunity in our fear and curiosity.
The Fake Coronavirus Tracking Map
One trap is the fake coronavirus tracking map. People want to know how many people have the virus and where are they located. When you click on the site, hackers attempt a drive-by download, which is a fancy way of saying they move in to download malware onto your computer.
This is not intended to strike more fear in an already fearful time, but it is intended for you to remain vigilant and aware of your internet actions at a time where many are exhausted and guards may be down. The best recommendation is to maintain information through reputable sources and check web addresses before clicking. As an example, an trustworthy online Time magazine article would start with www.time.com, but a dubious source could look like a variation, such as www.time.ru.com or www.time.secure.online.
Although Smith Ranch Homes staff are available to assist you in determining such queries during this time, please do not forward questionable emails to SRH staff.