Researchers say emails with subject lines related to a coronavirus vaccine are being used to trick recipients into handing over personal information.
If you get an unsolicited email promising a COVID vaccine, the hope from the hacker is that you click on the link request in the body of the email, which in turn would let the hacker take control of your computer and gain access to your personal information.
Should one of these emails arrive in your inbox, please don't click on any links. Cybersecurity professionals recommend to just delete the message immediately.
The known emails identified instruct you to download malicious Windows, Word and Excel files. The attacks are aimed at Windows users; the Apple computer community is unaffected.
Hackers are now pushing all the usual buttons, with fake emails related to summer activities, the election and health to get non-savvy folks to give away their credentials.
Be vigilant about unsolicited emails.
Check the full email address on any message and be alert to hyperlinks that may contain misspellings of the actual domain name.
Do not supply login credentials or personal information in response to a text or email.
Check Point found that 80% of attacks occur via email, the method of choice for hackers. It's more economical than other phishing attempts, and people are more likely to respond.
Even the savviest of internet users have been stung by phishing attempts, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.