We knew that any type of newsworthy topic was going to give cybercriminals so much opportunity – and COVID-19 gave them so much bang for the buck. Just because this was something affecting the world in a detrimental way would never be reason enough for hackers to take a break.
For the thousands of school districts forced to begin the 2020/2021 school year with online learning, due to COVID-19, the frustration has been whipped into a frenzy due to slow websites and complete outages. Most of these problems are due to inadequate provisioning of capacity, but many events are the result of cyber-attacks.
An eruption of Zoom-themed phishing attacks over the Spring and Summer of 2020 has been uncovered by researchers at INKY. Most of the attacks are aimed at stealing credentials to services like Outlook and Office 365 by directing users to spoofed login pages.
With the onset of COVID-19, there were a plethora of new opportunities for cybercriminals to take advantage of our uncertainties, fears, and overall lack of knowledge about this virus and how it was spreading. What we are finding is that malicious activity is spreading just as fast.