Watch Out for Coronavirus Phishing Scams


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As coronavirus infections spread this week, the World Health Organization classified the outbreak as a global emergency on Thursday. On Friday, United States officials placed 195 people in a two-week federal quarantine at a California military base after evacuating them from Wuhan, China. Amidst international efforts to contain transmission of the virus, online scammers have already begun exploiting the uncertainty and fear.

A sample phishing email from Tuesday, detected by security firm Mimecast, shows attackers disseminating malicious links and PDFs that claim to contain information on how to protect yourself from the spread of the disease. “Go through the attached document on safety measures regarding the spreading of corona virus,” reads message, which purports to come from a virologist. “This little measure can save you.”

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