1. Pandemic phishing
Cybercriminals are continuing to use the global COVID-19 pandemic as a way to push their phishing schemes. These attacks usually increase in volume when cases spike or vaccine information is announced. Their intent is to get victims to click on a malicious link or attachment or give up sensitive information disguised as pandemic information from a trusted source. Double-check the links you click on and be suspicious of reentering all your sensitive data to “verify” and gain access to a site you have previously had access to.
2. Ransomware on the rise
Ransomware attacks are on the rise, with experts stating that so far, there has been a ransomware attack every 11 seconds in 2021. These cybersecurity attacks cost businesses more than $20 billion globally.
3. Return of the “Nigerian Prince”
A new version of cybercriminals’ favorite Nigerian Prince scam is currently circulating. In this scam, a criminal pretends to be member of a foreign government or royalty and promises to give the victim millions if they provide sensitive information, particularly their bank account information. Now, cybercriminals are pretending to be from the IRS or other government agencies sending out economic stimulus payments. Victims have to “verify” their personal information and bank account to get their payments. Once the victim confirms, the criminal strikes. If the offer seems too good to be true, it usually is.
4. Targeting working from home
More and more employees are working from home. Some of their home devices may not be as secured as corporate-issued laptops and computers. This vulnerability lets hackers find ways to bypass security and worm into corporate networks. If sensitive company data is stored on these devices, the risk of sensitive data breaches increases. Keeping your devices compliant with your company’s IT security protocols will help close any gaps that hackers can take advantage of.
4. IoT Attacks
With more IoT (Internet of Things) devices being used every day by consumers and more applications using IoT devices to capture consumer habits and data, the vulnerabilities that IoT devices present have greatly increased. Most IoT devices do not have adequate security protocols, which make them ideal for hackers. Cybercriminals can use these vulnerable devices to gain control for botnets and access the network. Having a network security like NETGEAR Armor can protect all your devices within your local network and keep hackers out.