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Google seeing 18 million malicious emails related to coronavirus daily

Published On : Friday Apr 17 2020

Google seeing 18 million malicious emails related to coronavirus daily

Hackers hoping to exploit your worst fears see an opportunity in the coronavirus outbreak. Google said Thursday it’s been seeing upwards of 18 million malicious emails related to the pandemic each day during the past week.

These emails, which contain malware or phishing attempts, are in addition to the 240 million spam message related to COVID-19 that the company sees each day, the company said in a blog post. “The phishing attacks and scams we’re seeing use both fear and financial incentives to create urgency to try to prompt users to respond,” Google said.

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Some of the emails impersonate government agencies such as the World Health Organization to try to solicit fraudulent donations or install malware. Some target small businesses with scams related to stimulus packages, while others masquerade as companies as they try to steal personal information from employees in work-at-home situation.

“Our [machine learning] models have evolved to understand and filter these threats, and we continue to block more than 99.9% of spam, phishing, and malware from reaching our users,” Google said.

This is business as usual for hackers, who always use current events to trick their victims, whether it’s apps that promise you free access to Oscar-nominated movies or scams that scoop up your tax refund.

Security experts say one of the fastest-growing hacking tactics is to use the coronavirus crisis as a ruse. Zscaler, a security firm, said hacking threats on systems it monitors have increased 15% a month since the beginning of the year, and that in March, they jumped 20%.

Google recommends not downloading files that you don’t recognize, confirming the legitimacy of URLs before providing login information and take a Security Checkup to protect accounts.

Source:- cnet

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