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Cyberattacks are Increasing During the Pandemic

One in every four web requests is a bad bot looking to hurt your business.

– Imperva Cybersecurity Experts

The huge rise in work-from-home numbers has seen a parallel rise in cyberattacks. One big reason for this – working from home often means users are on personal equipment (as opposed to equipment managed by their company’s IT staff) and using unsecured networks. In addition, home users are more likely to succumb to a phishing attack. Arguably worst of all is the tactic of preying upon the fear and uncertainty of these times – scammers impersonate financial institutions or claim to have information about the Family Medical Leave Act, enticing people to click on malicious links with hopeful subject lines. Some are even threatening to infect email recipients and their family with Covid-19 if their monetary demands are not met.

Our own numbers match up. In March we had 73,155 spam emails and 1,702 emails with malware or viruses to our @kkbold.com email addresses – an increase of over 50% from the previous few months’ average.

Our website security monitoring software shows similar patterns. Hack attempts are part of the industry, of course. Lately, however, the attempts are more and more frequent. In the time it took me to type a few paragraphs for this article, attackers from France, Singapore and even the US attempted to login to the kkbold.com website (and were automatically blocked). Here’s a look at a snippet from the past 24 hours.

Some tips on protecting yourself:

Use different passwords for different accounts. For instance your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts should not have the same password.

Never click a link or open an attachment in an email unless you were expecting it – even if it seems like it is from someone you know. It is a very simple trick to send an email as if you are someone else. Take the time to ask the person who supposedly sent you the email – “Is this link legitimate?”

Make sure you install software updates – whether for your computer, your phone, or if you run a website – whenever they are published by the software developer.

 

Kalvin Kingsley, Vice President of IT