The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the normal IT ecosystem of organisations globally, according to security firm Kaspersky.
The different forms of quarantine measures resulted in more staff bringing work computers to arguably unprotected home networks. This trend of working from home widens the surface of attack cyber criminals can exploit.

It is also understandable that companies have to cut budgets proactively, choose cheaper cyber security solutions and have lost the ability to do incident response on location in case of a cyber attack, said Kaspersky director for global research and analysis team Asia Pacific Vitaly Kamluk.

In an online webinar, he said that social-engineering attacks have become easier during the global chaos as more people fall for simple tricks, and cyber criminals are well aware of it.

“Using the names and popular terms related with the current pandemic simply elevated the probability of these worm to be opened by another user after it was copied to a network share, or a USB drive,” he said.

Way forward

While cyber criminals will continue to use the pandemic for their financial gain and personal interest, Mr Kamluk also said cyber security professionals are uniting to stop the online crooks in their tracks.

This union is called COVID-19 CTI League and is a non-profit, voluntary focus group made up of more than 150 different individuals and organisations across the globe who try to take down fake websites, detect coronavirus-related malware, as well as offer incident response in case of an attack.

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