Google blocked 18 million online scams a day last week. If the Mountain View company assures that these are classic computer attacks, these have been updated to capitalize on the fear that reigns in the population around the COVID-19.
Hackers continue to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to engage in their crimes. Google said on Thursday, April 16, 2020, that it had spotted and blocked "more than 18 million online scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic every day" throughout the past week. Malicious actions that are part of the 240 million spam messages found daily on his Gmail service on this subject. According to the Mountain View firm, criminals use "fear of people and false business incentives to create a sense of urgency to get users to respond".
99.9% OF THE SCAMS WOULD BE FILTERED
The scams in question mimic communications from international institutions, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), to solicit donations from users or trick them into downloading malicious files. Most often, these emails evoke important measures such as government aid or information intended for remote employees to convince the owner of the messaging of their merits.
Google says that the protection systems powered by artificial intelligence can automatically filter out "more than 99.9%" of scams. While 40 billion attachments are scanned by Gmail every day, a significant amount of malware could still escape its vigilance. Especially since the Mountain View firm notes that "63% of malicious files that are blocked by the service vary from day to day".
CLASSIC METHODS ATTACKS
Google says it has worked with WHO to implement email authentication protocols to prevent hackers from imitating the domain name associated with members of the institution's email addresses ending with "who.int" and ensure that legitimate emails are not diverted to user spam. The multinational also mentioned that the recently seen campaigns are not technically new but insist that they may prove to be effective due to "the confusion surrounding the COVID-19".
This is a good opportunity to remind good habits! Never click on a link in an unexpected email, report all suspicious emails and, of course, make sure that the URLs of the web pages visited are the right ones before entering any personal information.