Domestic cyber criminals and nation-state attackers alike are capitalizing on this time of uncertainty – and remote workers are a prime target.
Tonya Ugoretz, deputy Assistant Director of the FBI Cyber Division, recently spoke at a virtual Aspen Institute event. Ugoretz described the situation best as a “collision of highly motivated cyber threat actors and an increase in opportunities.” In fact, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is currently receiving between 3,000 and 4,000 cybersecurity complaints daily – a massive jump from their normal average of 1,000.
Criminals are taking advantage of “enormously high public interest in information” on COVID-19, the status of government stimulus checks and updates on local community restrictions. Some are setting up fake domains claiming to sell personal protective equipment, masquerading as charities working to raise money for patients or offering fraudulent loans to the financially strained. Times like these present a lucrative opportunity for cyber criminals – and they know it.
A Common Attack Method Shines
Traditional phishing attack methods continue to be a popular first step in the cyber attack chain. With a legitimate-looking email disguising a malicious, virus-spreading link or attachment, the attacker can easily cast their bait. These attacks have come to present an increased threat to businesses – especially now. https://securityboulevard.com/2020/04/fbi-warns-of-major-spike-in-cyber-attacks/