1:15pm, 26 Mar 2020

TLP Rating: White

Attackers using COVID-19 themed scams - updated alert

CERT NZ has received reports of online criminals using the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic as an opportunity to carry out online scams and malicious cyber activity.

Reports include opportunistic attempts to use the COVID-19 pandemic to trick people in to:

  • donating to a fake World Health Organisation COVID-19 Response Fund
  • paying a bitcoin ransom or risk their family being infected with COVID-19
  • downloading malware from COVID-19 maps, or
  • entering their details into phishing websites.