SINGAPORE (Apr 8): As the global Covid-19 pandemic rages on, cyber criminals are preying on public concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic and unprecedented changes to workplace practices to ramp up their attacks.
A survey of 411 IT and security experts from organisations with more than 500 employees commissioned by cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies found that 71% of respondents reported an increase in security threats or attacks since the outbreak of the virus. The most prevalent of these were phishing attempts (cited by 55% of respondents), disinformation from malicious websites (32%) and increases in malware (28%).
These findings follow an earlier study by the firm which found that Covid-19-related websites are 50% more likely to be malicious than other domains registered since the beginning of this year. The number of new domains registered online has exploded tenfold since the end of February 2020, with 0.8% of these domains found to be malicious and 19% to be suspicious in nature.