How have cybercriminals exploited the pandemic for cyber attacks?
“Working from home makes people significantly more vulnerable.”
Professor Marco Gercke, the founder of the CyberCrime Research Institute, talks to Jeremy Swinfen Green about how criminals are moving from phishing to attacking home networks.
With regard to the pandemic, many cybercriminals have, unsurprisingly, perhaps, been using the coronavirus to underpin phishing attacks. But how else have criminals exploited the pandemic?
I mean, the pandemic has put a lot of people in a difficult spot. They’re not working from the company anymore. They’re working from home. So that makes them, in some cases, significantly more vulnerable, not only with regard to phishing attacks, but you have to see they’re using mainly their own computer systems at home. They’re using their wireless access point, which is not as secure as you would usually find it in a company environment.
So what we’re seeing is that the offenders are also attacking any communication between that employee and the company’s computer system. That can be confidential information, customer records, whatever you can think of. So it’s really not only the phishing part. It’s much broader, the problem.