Rise in Hacking Attacks on Home Workers

Rise in Hacking Attacks on Home Workers

Huge Rise in Hacking Attacks on Home Workers During Lockdown
From “Huge Rise in Hacking Attacks on Home Workers During Lockdown”
The Guardian (05/24/20) Jolly, Jasper

The cybersecurity company Darktrace has found that cyberattacks aimed against home workers in the United Kingdom increased significantly in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the UK lockdown began in March, the proportion of attacks targeting home workers sat at 12 percent. That number jumped to more than 60 percent in just six weeks. As cyberattacks began increasing, they grew more sophisticated, seeking to take advantage of the confusion as UK companies shifted to an unfamiliar remote work system. Malicious email campaigns have taken many different forms, ranging from furlough information to remote work tools, VPN information, and Zoom meeting invitations. Darktrace said the cyberattack trends in the United Kingdom are also visible worldwide.

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