In these times of uncertainty, we want you to know that your safety remains our priority. In the course of just a few days, our lives have changed. A “new normal” is taking shape as you read this. An important part of this new normal gives us more time online to work, shop, watch the news, or look for ways to help others.
This new social reality unfortunately means new attack opportunities for hackers, who have already found ways to use the coronavirus in scams and phishing attempts to steal your usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, money and time.
Here are just a few of the tricks we’ve found them using these days:
- Illegitimate websites selling medical supplies that can’t be found in pharmacies and stores anymore: hand sanitizer, masks, thermometers. They’ll take your money but never deliver. Full article blog is available here.
- Email scams featuring “doctors” pretending to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) asking you to download attachments for more information or to donate bitcoin.
- “Donate to Fight Coronavirus” scam e-mails asking you to donate for Coronavirus victims, medical staff or even COVID-19 studies. Check our new article covering email scams on our blog.
As we all adjust to this rapidly changing landscape, Bitdefender's customer care department and research labs are working at full speed, and we'll keep you updated with new findings on our blog.
We encourage you not to give in to panic, countdowns, fake news, or offers too good to be true. Stay informed through legitimate and official sources and always check multiple sources. On all your devices, use a security solution that can protect you from phishing, fraud and malware.
Should you have any questions about your online safety, don’t hesitate to contact us!
We are in this togethe, stay safe!