95% of attacks are based on impersonations of official organizations such as the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Health and the WHO
Since the start of the pandemic, cyberattacks have multiplied and perfected. Cyber criminals take advantage of the fact that the exposure time of users has increased, because there are more people working from home and consuming leisure through the Internet. In addition, fear and uncertainty causes more information to be sought related to only one topic: the coronavirus. All of this makes users more vulnerable. In the last two weeks alone, the number of attacks “has increased dramatically”.
At the moment, the most widely used cyber attacks are phishing (when criminals impersonate official agencies or falsify web pages to obtain user data) and the creation of false or malicious domains. “95% of the attacks are based on impersonations of official organizations such as the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Health and the WHO,” explains Nieva. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 51,000 Covid-19 related domains have been registered, of which 9% are malicious. “It is a very high percentage for what we are used to seeing,” Nieva explains.