Spam, phishing (phishing) and malware: the Covid-19 health crisis is seen as an opportunity by groups of hackers supported by foreign states, according to Google. The online search giant has takes stock on Wednesday in a blog post on the numerous attempts to take advantage of the Covid-19 crisis to trap employees of government or international organizations.
“A notable campaign targeted the personal accounts of US government employees, government employees, with phishing messages that appeared to come from fast food restaurants communicating on the Covid-19”, says Shane Huntley of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, who tracks threats to cybersecurity.
“Some emails offered free meals and discount coupons, others linked to so-called online ordering sites, designed to get Gmail login credentials from those who click on links. “Some hackers also pose as health institutions to trap their victims and make them download malware.
18 million trapped messages per day
Excluding attempts at foreign manipulation, Google had already indicated last week detect 18 million messages trapped in connection with the Covid-19, per day, on Gmail, in addition to the 240 million daily spam linked to the health crisis.
The Californian company claims to be able to block 99.9% of these attempts before they even reach their target.
She announced Wednesday that $ 200,000 in grants will be awarded to researchers who will help her identify the various flaws and weaknesses in the system.
The only positive point is that the volume of attacks by state-sponsored groups is not increasing – “It’s just a change of tactics”says Shane Huntley.
This volume even decreased slightly in March, a sign that “Hackers, like many other organizations, face productivity delays and problems related to global containment and quarantine efforts”.