Attackers and hostile actors are capitalizing on the fear and frenzy generated by the coronavirus pandemic. Cybercriminals will continue to use people’s fear against them, “enticing them to click on links spreading disinformation or for financially motivated purposes,” said Jack Mannino, CEO at nVisium, an application security provider in Herndon, Virginia.
“An influx of fake medical products, supplies, and fraudulent charities have hit the internet over the past few weeks,” he said. “During a crisis, the integrity and availability of critical systems is heightened. Expect to see ransomware attacks against hospitals and medical institutions increase, based on opportunism and the ability to cause maximum chaos during a time of crisis.”