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Tech coronavirus roundup: From police scam warnings to Facebook returnees

Added 03-27-20 10:31:02am EST - “Police scam warnings in regard to the coronavirus spread have been issued by? Europol.Europol represents the 27 police forces of EU countries and ...” - 9to5mac.com

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Europol represents the 27 police forces of EU countries and, until the end of the year, the UK too. It says that the coronavirus has increased the risk of online scams in three ways …

First, reports TNW, increased fear levels make people more likely to panic when faced with an email demanding urgent action. Second, the increase in online shopping means there are more ecommerce scams out there. Third, there are specific coronavirus-themed scams.

One common attack vector hackers used to infect users’ systems was via fake coronavirus tracking dashboards designed to spread malware. Indeed, researchers pointed out COVID-19-themed domain names are 50% more likely to be malicious than any other domains.

It’s not just individuals who are being targeted, but organizations too. Reuters reports that cybersecurity experts from than 40 different countries are joining forces to protect healthcare providers and communications networks.

Called the COVID-19 CTI League, for cyber threat intelligence, the group spans more than 40 countries and includes professionals in senior positions at such major companies as Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O).

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