Cyberattacks on US firms by China: How we can come to the Rescue
The COVID-19 pandemic has made businesses comprise their secure IT infrastructure to allow employees to work from home. While this has become a new norm for most of the IT industry’s talent, the hackers have found their new prey. The company data is a sensitive one. When spamming and phishing activity exploits the critical data, the company’s cybersecurity is compromised.
Also, reports are emerging from various sources, including the NY Times, that the cybercriminals from china are misleading unsuspecting victims into clickbait that leads them to open bogus emails directed to their mailbox.
These emails eventually lead to phishing attempts that steal emails and passwords from the target. Given the increased chances of global health crises, hackers are more likely to take advantage of the health emergency concerns to get more people infected with malware.
The analysis by Cyfirma revealed that Redwall, a global awareness initiative, has identified hundreds of VPN, proxy servers, globally available load-balancing devices, and appliances in dark web forums and communities. The new monetization source for hackers who profit from the crisis has become the remote work tools and software. Hacker groups like REvil (Sodinokibi) are also found to roar the Network for weak VPNs aggressively.
Some threats come from a trusted source that makes people fall for the information. One of which includes the emails from WHO or the CDC that comes with a malicious attachment stating that coronaviruses’ safety tips or bogus advice on coronaviruses’ status in the country are included. The file drops malware on to the target device and bypasses existing antivirus defenses until the target user is deceived in installing the attachment.
CSIS states that massive misinformation around Coronavirus is another trap that people fall for. Chinese agencies are experts in creating falsified videos and blogs, citing the inaccurate (majorly exaggerated) number of people and geographies affected by the virus. Ironically, the Chinese state media and their government officials have fake sources, as mentioned by the New York Times.
Apart from the critical concerns, the risk of increased online hoaxes often involves a less immediate threat. Hackers can buy fake safety tips and remedies for advance-fee scams as a cover tale, although this latest epidemic’s global emergence would make them more likely to be affected.
Remote Access Threats
The modern age has made the telecommuting process a crucial business component. Also, the CoVID-19 outbreak has witnessed firms opting for technology as a response to the adversities. This why most businesses are opting for remote access communication. The trusted networks may soon turn hostile if hacked by the scammers. Such instances would lead to networking vulnerabilities and information security issues. The remote access threats can jeopardize communication accesses in the following manner:
- Hackers can leverage rogue wireless access points.
- Less-secured client services can be breached easily.
- Easy to deploy malware that harvests credentials and other sensitive data.
- We are dealing with a plethora of other risks that come with remote access.
- Other VPN-related vulnerabilities
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