coronovirus threat headerThreat actors exploiting public interest in the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak have baited their phishing traps with a new lure—conspiracy theories about unreleased cures.

The new tactic was noted by researchers at Proofpoint, who have been monitoring global malicious activity related to the life-threatening virus in the form of hundreds of thousands of messages.

Researchers also reported seeing fake Office 365, Adobe, and DocuSign sites, linked to Coronavirus-themed emails, that had been specifically set up to steal credentials.

What You Can Do

All emails with Coronavirus-themes and attachments should be treated with caution, even if they don’t appear to be directly health related. Such phishing attacks are one of the most common security challenges that both individuals and companies face in keeping their information secure. The ONLY way to stop these phishing attacks is to train and educate everyone in the organization about what these attempts look like and how to deal with possible emails.

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