Welcome to the latest issue of Cyber Insights with Mercury IT. This month we highlight COVID-19 Scams, latest breaches and our top defence tips for protecting your business from cyber attacks.
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Access to the COVID-19 vaccine is limited, which leaves many people anxiously waiting for a way to further protect themselves from the virus. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of this anxiety with vaccine-themed phishing emails.
Scamwatch has received over 5170 scam reports mentioning the Coronavirus with over $6,280,000 in reported losses since the outbreak of COVID-19. Common scams include phishing for personal information, online shopping, and superannuation scams.
Scammers are pretending to be government agencies providing information on COVID-19 through text messages and emails ‘phishing’ for your information. These contain malicious links and attachments designed to steal your personal and financial information.
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Latest Security Breaches
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
Investigators handling a breach at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have announced that certain data stored in a file-sharing system from third-party service provider Accellion has been improperly accessed.
Think hackers are only trying to target large corporations for their cyber attacks? Think again! If you are an employee of a small to medium size business, you may have an even bigger bullseye placed on you by hackers.
Smaller businesses have recently become a bigger target for cyber attacks because the hackers know that they likely have fewer defence resources in place. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, one in five small businesses falls victim to cybercrime each year.
- Never provide your password to anyone. Use complex passwords, and use different ones for each of your online accounts or programs.
- Check for red flags in emails to tip you off that the sender may not be legitimate. Check domain names carefully.
- Don’t open any email attachments if you don’t know exactly why you received them or what they contain.
- When in doubt, throw it out. Hit that delete button.
Remember, you are the last line of defence to prevent a cyber attack. You are the key to keeping the “human firewall” strong for your organisation, no matter the size.