Coronavirus Scams Spread Rapidly Exploiting Fear

A sample phishing email, detected by security firm Mimecast, shows attackers disseminating malicious links and PDFs that claim to contain information on how to protect yourself from the spread of the coronavirus. “Go through the attached document on safety measures regarding the spreading of corona virus,” reads the message, which purports to come from a virologist. “This little measure can save you.” Email scammers often try to elicit a sense of fear and urgency in victims. It’s not surprising that they would attempt to incorporate the coronavirus into that playbook so quickly. But the move illustrates how phishing attempts so consistently hew to certain time-tested topics and themes.

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