Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to steal data and money.
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warning that criminals are posing as WHO to steal sensitive information and money.
“If someone contacts you, be it a person or organization that appears to be WHO, verify its authenticity before responding,” the organization said in a statement.
He adds that the only donations the organization is asking for have been made through the Solidarity Response Fund.
This initiative was established by the United Nations and its agencies to raise funds to support the work of the WHO and its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The WHO indicates that malicious emails are appearing that appear to come from the organization.
In these emails, people are asked to provide sensitive information, such as their usernames or passwords.
Or people are asked to click on a malicious link or attachment.
Through these actions, criminals can install malware or steal sensitive information.
“Beware of criminals who use email, websites, phone calls, text messages and even fax messages for their scams.”
What to do?
To avoid these actions, WHO recommends:
1. Verify the sender’s email address
Make sure that the email address contains the initials “who.int” after the @.
2. Check the link before clicking
Make sure the link begins with “https://www.who.int”.
3. Be careful when giving your personal information
Always ask yourself what someone wants your information for and if this is appropriate. There is no reason for someone to need your username or password to access public information.
4. Don’t rush or feel under pressure
Cybercriminals use emergencies like Covid-19 to get people to make quick decisions. Take your time when someone asks you for personal information.
5. If you see a scam on the internet, report it
Cybercriminals are not just posing as WHO. Malicious emails and links claiming to be from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are also reportedly popping up.
As Joe Tidy, a BBC cybersecurity reporter points out, emails have appeared with the subject: “Covid-19, now airborne, higher risk of community transmission.”
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“They use one of the organization’s legitimate addresses but are actually sent with a malicious tool.”
The cybersecurity organization, Cofense, detected these types of scams and describes them as an example of cyber hackers “to take advantage of fear and panic” of the population.