Emails linked to malicious content will be taken down or blocked as part of NCSC’s existing takedown activities, which have already removed thousands of online scams. These include fake online shops selling fraudulent coronavirus-related items, malware distribution sites, phishing sites and advance-fee frauds, where large sums of money are promised in return for a set-up payment.
NCSC has also launched a new Cyber Aware campaign to counter the activities of cyber criminals exploiting lax home working security practices and people’s fears over coronavirus.
It advises computer and internet users to:
1 Turn on two-factor authentication for important accounts.
2 Protect important accounts using a password of three random words.
3 Create a separate password that you only use for your main email account.
4 Update the software and apps on your devices regularly (ideally setting them to ‘automatically update’).
5 Save your passwords in your browser.
6 Back up important data to protect yourself from being held to ransom. There is also specific advice relating to the use of video conferencing services.
*In a survey by UK-based cybersecurity software company SentryBay, 42% of the 1,550 home workers surveyed said they had received suspicious emails in the first five weeks since lockdown began, with 18% having to deal with an actual security breach. Almost half (49%) say they feel vulnerable due to the insecurity of the PCs and laptops they use to connect to their corporate networks.