Less crime on the streets, more online scams. This, in short, as communicated by the State Police in relation to what is happening in our country during the emergency coronavirus. Law enforcement officers surged in the number of computer crimes tied in tandem with the changing habits of the population: you spend more time at home and on the Internet, you are more subject to the action of the bad guys who work on the Web.
Cybercrime on the rise with coronavirus
The CNAIPIC (National Cyber Anticrime Center for the Protection of Critical Infrastructures) announces that it is working tirelessly to stem the action of those taking advantage of the emotional vulnerability of people try to implement i scams more different: from those related to the diffusion of false information to the diffusion of malicious code. These are the words of Nunzia Ciardi, Director of the Postal Police Service.
We have an increase in cybercrime in this situation in which we are all at home and always connected, in a state of psychological fragility. If we see an email from a doctor or an urgent communication relating to the alert status of the coronavirus, it is easy to be misled even if you are not the unwary, just a moment of distraction.
Maximum attention therefore to any communication shown on our screens and displays as well as to the offers of services related to the coronavirus emergency. As always, it is good to visit only official and institutional sources to find information or updates on COVID-19 and on the precautionary measures to be taken.
COVID-19, the infection of malware and phishing
We have already written about some dangers in the last few days as in the case of a false map of the contagion exploited for the spread of malware and campaigns of phishing. Another threat frequently identified is that which, by sending ad hoc emails, leads to the download of an executable which, once launched, infects the device, making it the node of a botnet then controlled remotely in order to launch targeted attacks.
Investigations have also been launched into a message signed by a phantom woman Doctor Penelope Marchetti who presents herself as an "expert" part of the World Health Organization. By misleading the unfortunate, also thanks to a professional language, they are pushed to open an attachment capable of stealing personal information. Another appeal concerns i financial services.
Beware of emails that come from banks or lenders. In fact, crimes related to home banking, cards and e-commerce are multiplying. Always check the reliability of the source and make sure that the requests for personal data are real, also by contacting your credit institution directly.
In case of suspicion it is possible to forward one reporting across the official site of the Postal Police.