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The Coronavirus is hitting hard on the world’s economy, creating a high volume of uncertainty within organisations.

Cybersecurity firm Cynet today revealed new data, showing that the Coronavirus now has a significant impact on information security and that the crisis is actively exploited by threat actors.

In light of these insights, Cynet has also shared a few ways to best prepare for the Coronavirus derived threat landscape and provides a solution (learn more here) to protect employees that are working from home with their personal computers because of the Coronavirus.

The researchers identify two main trends – attacks that aim to steal remote user credentials and weaponized email attacks:

Remote User Credential Theft

The direct impact of the Coronavirus is a comprehensive quarantine policy that compels multiple organisations to allow their workforce to work from home to maintain business continuity.

This inevitably entails shifting a significant portion of the workload to be carried out remotely, introducing an exploitable opportunity for attackers.

The opportunity attackers see the mass use of remote login credentials to organisational resources that far exceed the norm. As a result, remote connections are established by employees and devices that have never done so before, meaning that an attacker could easily conceal a malicious login without being detected by the target organisation’s security team.

Cynet’s global threat telemetry from the recent three weeks reveals that Italy features a sharp spike in phishing attacks in comparison to other territories, indicating that attackers are hunting in full force for user credentials.

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