1 min read

Phishing Email Aims to Trick Hospital Staff with 'Coronavirus Seminar'

Filip TRUȚĂ

March 17, 2020

Ad One product to protect all your devices, without slowing them down.
Free 90-day trial
Phishing Email Aims to Trick Hospital Staff with 'Coronavirus Seminar'

A new phishing scam is capitalizing on the COVID-19 pandemic, seeking to steal credentials of healthcare workers with the promise of a “coronavirus awareness” seminar.

An email purporting to come from the organization”s IT department urges employees to access a link and enter their username and password. If duped by the malicious website rigged to look like the Outlook Web App, an unwary employee would give their login credentials to the attackers. A screen capture of the email scam was obtained by Sky News.

The COVID-19 scare has prven lucrative for cybercriminals in recent weeks as healthcare institutions scramble to test patients, treat the infected and protect their own staff from the contagion. Healthcare infrastructures are highly susceptible to hacker attacks because of lax cybersecurity skills and safeguards.

With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, these weaknesses are becoming more obvious than ever. A Czech medical facility, the Brno University Hospital, was forced to cancel urgent surgery and divert patients to a nearby hospital as it dealt with a contagion itself – the ransomware kind. The Czech hospital was also one of the country”s largest COVID-19 testing labs.

As is always the case with phishing campaigns against targeted institutions, the scam is riddled with clues that give it away. These include typos, an overly urgent tone, and the threat that “disciplinary measure will be taken” if recipients don”t follow the instructions.

If any such urgent notices make it into your inbox, regardless of your profession or the latest trending news, contact your IT department on a separate channel, or just give them a call to make sure the notice came from them and not elsewhere.

Stay safe out there!

tags


Author



Right now

Top posts

Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords

Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords

October 26, 2021

3 min read
What are drive-by download attacks and how do you prevent them?

What are drive-by download attacks and how do you prevent them?

October 25, 2021

2 min read
Criminals Can't Wait to Add Your IoT Device to Their DDoS Networks

Criminals Can't Wait to Add Your IoT Device to Their DDoS Networks

October 22, 2021

2 min read
Six in 10 Consumers Faced a Cyber Threat in 2021, New Bitdefender Study Reveals

Six in 10 Consumers Faced a Cyber Threat in 2021, New Bitdefender Study Reveals

October 20, 2021

3 min read
What Is a VPN, How Does It Protect Me, and What Cool Perks Does it Offer?

What Is a VPN, How Does It Protect Me, and What Cool Perks Does it Offer?

September 23, 2021

2 min read
Ultimate Privacy Guide for Your Facebook Account

Ultimate Privacy Guide for Your Facebook Account

August 31, 2021

6 min read

FOLLOW US ON

SOCIAL MEDIA


You might also like

Tesla reverses "Full self-driving" beta update after sudden braking reports Tesla reverses "Full self-driving" beta update after sudden braking reports
Graham CLULEY

October 27, 2021

2 min read
Ukrainian Police Arrest Underground Darknet Group Laundering Cryptocurrency for Hackers Ukrainian Police Arrest Underground Darknet Group Laundering Cryptocurrency for Hackers
Silviu STAHIE

October 26, 2021

1 min read
Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords Bitdefender Study Reveals How Consumers Like (and Dislike) Managing Passwords
Filip TRUȚĂ

October 26, 2021

3 min read