Home / News

Google Reports 18 Million Daily COVID-19 Related Malware, Phishing Emails Per Day

A sample email provided by Google showing increased phishing attempts of employees operating in a work-from-home setting.

During the last week, Google says it has been seeing 18 million malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 daily. This, the company reported today, "is in addition to more than 240 million COVID-related daily spam messages." The phishing attacks and scams are using fear and financial incentives to create urgency tactics, says Google. Some examples include:

  • Impersonating authoritative government organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) to solicit fraudulent donations or distribute malware.
  • Increased phishing attempts of employees operating in a work-from-home setting.
  • Capitalizing on government stimulus packages and imitates government institutions to phish small businesses.
  • Organizations impacted by stay-at-home orders.

Google says it has put proactive monitoring in place for COVID-19-related malware and phishing across all its systems. "In many cases, these threats are not new — rather, they're existing malware campaigns that have simply been updated to exploit the heightened attention on COVID-19."

By CircleID Reporter – CircleID's internal staff reporting on news tips and developing stories. Do you have information the professional Internet community should be aware of? Contact us. Visit Page

CircleID Newsletter The Weekly Wrap

More and more professionals are choosing to publish critical posts on CircleID from all corners of the Internet industry. If you find it hard to keep up daily, consider subscribing to our weekly digest. We will provide you a convenient summary report once a week sent directly to your inbox. It's a quick and easy read.

I make a point of reading CircleID. There is no getting around the utility of knowing what thoughtful people are thinking and saying about our industry.

VINTON CERF
Co-designer of the TCP/IP Protocols & the Architecture of the Internet

Comments

 Be the first to post a comment!

Add Your Comments

 To post your comments, please login or create an account.

Related

Topics

Cybersecurity

Sponsored byVerisign

New TLDs

Sponsored byAfilias

Domain Names

Sponsored byVerisign

DNS Security

Sponsored byAfilias

Whois

Sponsored byWhoisXML API

Cybercrime

Sponsored byThreat Intelligence Platform

Brand Protection

Sponsored byAppdetex