Bad Actors are Using COVID-19 as Opportunity

MAR 18, 2020

As COVID-19 persists to change our daily habits and work methods, it is another opportunity for cyber criminals to use new tactics to breach our systems. The breadth of these tactics is wide ranging, making it essential to remain aware and proceed with caution.


Already in place is a new yield of virus-themed emails and clever malware delivery systems. You can expect to see a dramatic increase in phishing scams, robo-callers, charity requests, Census, and Corona Virus related phishing scams. 

When searching online for updated information, ensure that you are on a trusted website to find updates. Be mindful that there are bogus maps, videos, and health related sites in place that are malware driven. For example, KnowBe4’s blog discusses a real interactive dashboard of Coronavirus infections and deaths produced by Johns Hopkins University. The map is being used on malicious websites, along with possible spam emails, to spread password-stealing malware. Click here for more tips on how to avoid these types of scams. 


Identifying threats can be challenging. Thankfully there are many sources that allow you a safe way to report suspect activity. One of such is KnowBe4’s no-charge Phish Alert button, which gives users a safe way to forward email threats to the security team for analysis and then deletes the email from the user's inbox to prevent future exposure.

For more education and preparation, we encourage you to visit the USPS, IRS, SEC, FBI, and FTC’s websites. If you find yourself in the middle of a scam, report it immediately. A few websites are listed below:


More workers than ever are shifting to a remote work environment. Companies that don’t traditionally support a remote workforce are working toward creating a productive, comfortable, and secure experience. As workforces move off site, considerations should include:


  • Ensuring secure access to virtual office and/or servers; avoid employees working on public WIFI
  • Provide designated work devices
  • Ensure appropriate managed services and antivirus or anti spyware are installed on designated work devices


The above list is not comprehensive but will get you off to a safer start. Other considerations for employers and employees can be found below:



As we continue practicing our self-distancing measures, be mindful about your surroundings as you shift to a remote work environment.