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Hackers are using Corona Virus Emails to Infect Your Computers!

As the Coronavirus COVID-19 spreads around the world, creating panic. Cybercriminals are exploiting people’s panic-filled curiosity with malicious emails and websites to infect your machines.

Those Coronavirus emails telling you to wash your hands could be fake and infecting your machines with viruses and malware to steal your data. Just like the Coronavirus, the germs on your computer can have an incubation time of weeks or months.

Hackers are just like social media influencers looking for trending topics. Trending topics is how cybercriminals social engineer other humans by captivating attention. If something is trending online, it’s more likely to result in you opening a message or clicking a link.

25.7% of the employees at one company clicked on the malicious links inside their coronavirus emails…

A recent email phishing simulation from resulted in 25.7% of the employees at one company clicked on the malicious links inside their coronavirus emails. With an open rate of 59.1%. Imagine how this would impact your business?

This means that one email was successfully able to expose the companies data and open its systems to hackers. These emails bypassed all the protection strategies implemented by the companies security teams. It only takes one person to click on a malicious link inside an email to expose your system to cyber criminals.

People are unknowingly forwarding emails with malicious attachments or links. All because they feel like they are educating their friends about the Coronavirus. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) always captivates people’s attention and cybercriminals know this.

The lesson from this message is that no message or topic is safe! Cybercriminals will exploit every opportunity they have to compromise your systems and steal your data.

Many companies are failing to assess their vulnerabilities with email spoofing. This is when someone else can impersonate your domain’s email address. You can prevent this if you apply your DMARC and SPF records to your email setup.

This simple cybersecurity step is like using hand sanitizer for your email.

Another recent ChatFortress Cybersecurity Report Card study of Presidential Candidates showed that a large number of candidates are exposed to email impersonation due to poor email security. Each of the Candidates has a cybersecurity vulnerability which increases their likelihood of a cyberattack. You would have thought they would have learned from what happened in the last election but it looks like many candidates are not taking precautions.

Here are links to the 2020 USA Presidential Candidates Cybersecurity Report Cards:

NameGradeCybersecurity Report Card
Michael Bennet B-

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Joe Biden C+

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Michael Bloomberg C+

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Cory Booker C

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Pete Buttigieg B

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John Delaney B-

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Tulsi Gabbard C

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Amy Klobuchar C+

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Deval Patrick B

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Bernie Sanders C+

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Tom Steyer C

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Elizabeth Warren B-

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Marianne Williamson C+

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Andrew Yang B-

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Roque De La Fuente B-

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Donald Trump C

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Bill Weld C

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Joe Walsh C

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