Health Departments, State Govts. At Risk of COVID-19 Spoofing, Fraud

Jessica Davis

Forty-four percent of state health departments and state governments do not have a published Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC), making these entities much more susceptible to domain spoofing and email fraud attempts, according to new Proofpoint research.

Throughout the crisis, researchers and federal agencies have all highlighted a spike in cybercrime and attacks tied to COVID-19. These threats range from Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and videoconferencing platforms like Zoom, to email fraud and spoofing attempts.

In light of these attacks, Proofpoint researchers analyzed the email authentication practices of both state governments and public health departments, as these entities work on the frontlines the COVID-19 pandemic and must have frequent contact with their constituents on the progression of the crisis.

The analysis found state governments and their health departments are lacking...

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