DO NOT underestimate spam and phishing scams. These scams have been on the rise and it’s the perfect time for hackers to send e-mails with dangerous malware and viruses.  Right now, your inbox is probably filled with “COVID-19” subject lines and coronavirus-focused e-mails.

In 2020, the combination of a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and a whole world full of new remote workers created a solid payday for cybercriminals, resulting in a 85% overall increase in all categories of cybercrime for the year, including a more than 600% increase in phishing attacks.

‘Stormshield’ has announced a security incident that has resulted in unauthorized access to its technical portal, exposing the support tickets submitted by their customers and partners. These tickets, unfortunately, also involved sensitive personal and technical data.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg – every category of phishing related threat from ransomware to business email compromise (BEC) was a growth industry in 2020 as well. Business email compromise isn’t as high-profile as splashy cybercrime like ransomware or hacking, but it’s still a huge part of the threat landscape.

Don’t fall for these scams and make sure to listen to our TEKTip focusing on the fraudulent practice of sending emails with the intention of gathering personal information such as account passwords, credit card information, medical records, and much more! Hackers are even using a fake cdc-gov e-mail address that’s not legitimate and spamming inboxes.

How can you tell a phishing e-mail from a legitimate one?  Here’s a few telltale signs:

  • Look closely at the e-mail address to make sure it’s spelled correctly.
  • Hover over any links in the e-mail (but DON’T CLICK) to see the ACTUAL website you’ll be directed to. If there’s a mismatched or suspicious URL, delete the e-mail immediately.
  • Watch for poor grammar and spelling errors.
  • Never download an attachment unless you know who sent it and what it is.

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