​COVID-19 & Stimulus Package Phishing Attacks and Disinformation

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​COVID-19 & Stimulus Package Phishing Attacks and Disinformation

Phishing attacks linked to the Coronavirus are on the rise. Cybercriminals are using this opportunity to gain access to company and personal information. Virus related Phishing Emails dripping with malware are a significant problem. Expect it to get worse here.  Fear or a desire to learn about a “brand new prevention” or a “source of masks” or “toilet paper” or “get your stimulus check now” are emotions hackers prey upon.  Don’t let emotions get in your way.  Please don't risk taking your company down with a Ransomware attack at this time. Be extra careful!

Disinformation is being used to incite confusion and spread malware.  The U.S. Health and Human Services Department was hacked Sunday and fake texts were sent out falsely proclaiming a national quarantine. Expect more of the same. 

Tips to protect your business and your employees…

  • Think before you click
  • Examine the link
  • Don’t open attachments
  • Guard your financial statements

Consider viewing Coronavirus information EXCLUSIVELY from reputable web sites. Go to Google and search for them by typing in the name of the organization. 

  • Try to avoid using a link you are sent as some of these may be phishing or breach attempts.  This includes emails sent to you by trusted sources including friends and family.   

The US Government will NOT contact you via phone or email

Excerpt from the FTC.gov website:

As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know, no matter what this looks like.

1. The government will not ask you to pay anything upfront to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.

2. The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.

3. These reports of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.

Here are some sites we recommend monitoring:   

  • Centers for Disease Control
  • CDC’s prevention steps: find this on the CDC web site
  • California Department of Public Health
  • Your County or City Department of Public Health
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • We encourage you to share this information with your staff

How Blue Fox Group Can Help You

If someone clicks on something, make sure you or that person notifies us and our team will check it out. This is not a time to be embarrassed and not say something.      

If you are not already leveraging our advanced security tools, Blue Fox Group is offering up a Work from Home Security Review. In this review, we will:

  • Conduct a FREE Security Review of your current system. We will check all firewalls, antivirus software, unusual scripts, email offers and conduct analysis to ensure all data ports are safe. THIS IS CRITICAL for all staff working from home. [CLICK HERE to activate this offer.]
  • Conduct a FREE "Work From Home" Review of your current applications and systems to provide you with a list of best practices for greater team collaboration including voice, collaboration apps, conferencing, virtual desktop, etc. to help your team work best remotely. If you are already using Office 365, you will be surprised how we can help you use this better! (and at no-to-little additional costs.) [CLICK HERE to activate this offer.]

You can take us up on one or both offers. Your choice. All you have to do is respond and let us know that you are interested in the COVID-19 offer.

We at Blue Fox Group will do everything in our power to protect and support you, your employees and your business. If we can be of service to you now or in the future, please let us know.