Hackers Using COVID-19 Phishing, Website Spoofing for Credential Theft


Jessica Davis

Proofpoint researchers have detected a steep rise in spoofing attempts that leverage phishing attacks with COVID-19 themes and fake websites that mimic government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to steal login credentials and valuable financial data throughout the pandemic.

Researchers observed and analyzed more than 300 COVID-19 phishing campaigns since January 2020, which revealed hackers are focused on credential theft. The sudden growth of these campaigns began in March 2020, when COVID-19 was declared a national emergency.

The insights join a host of recent reports detailing hackers’ efforts to take advantage of the Coronavirus pandemic for financial gain. From fraud attempts and phishing attacks, to targeting...

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