Cybercriminals Taking Advantage Of Covid-19 To Carry Out Malicious Campaigns

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Is anyone safe? Cybercriminals are always trying to find new ways to disrupt critical business operations. Taking an interest in the Covid-19 outbreak, this is a chance for these cybercriminals to go forward with whatever plans they have.

This statement was made by Trend Micro Malaysia, an antivirus cloud computing security and internet content security software and services provider.

It is believed that Covid-19 is used  in a variety of malicious campaigns including email spam, malware, ransomware and malicious domains. Trend Micro Malaysia Managing director Goh Chee Hoh made this statement along with Trend Micro Malaysia and Singapore technical director Law Chee Wan and Trend Micro Forward-Looking Threat Research Team senior threat researcher Mayra Rosario Fuentes in conjunction of their media briefing on cybersecurity for Malaysia’s healthcare industry.

Trend Micro Malaysia said the healthcare industry, after FSI (Financial Services Industry) and government, is among the most targeted industries.

“Healthcare organisations are at risk, as they are a crucial component of public infrastructure and the fight against to pandemic and hold vast amounts of sensitive patient data and personally identifiable information (PII),” they said.

Trend Micro said the mention of current malicious attack events is nothing new for threat actors, who use the timeliness of hot topics, occasions, and popular personalities in their social engineering strategies over and over again.

The firm said that a complete multi-layered, in-depth approach can help organisations, including healthcare players, fight off and defend themselves from threats — from gateways, networks, and servers to endpoints such as Trend Micro XDR and Trend Micro Cloud One solution. Trend Micro said it also offers free tools for companies to access which are:

SaaS-based Security Awareness Service – enhances the security awareness of employees against email attacks

Cybersecurity Assessment Service – A tool to scan your email and endpoints of your device to identify any existing threats such as phishing messages, ransomware, BEC messages and malicious files or URLs.

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