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Beware of latest phishing campaign

Alert message sent 07/02/2020 09:04:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

Coronavirus malware

Our Cyber Protect Officer at Derbyshire Constabulary would like to make you aware of a recent phishing email

Once again criminals are abusing an opportunity! They’re using the Coronavirus as bait to send phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments which could steal your personal info like bank details & login details or install malicious software onto your devices. Security professionals have found malicious pdf’s, MP4 & docx files disguised as documents in emails

The campaign is spreading and reaching many countries now including the UK and is customised in different languages. Offenders are exploiting our human behaviours like fear, causing us to panic & open the attachment. Remember that even if the communication appears to look like it’s coming from a legitimate organisation that may not be the case.

Be wary of any communication that is asking for personal information or asking to click links or download attachments you didn’t ask for. Verify independently or research the topic using a legitimate search engine

Tips to keep yourself safe online:
• Install antivirus software & keep updated
• Check the file extensions & URL where the link is taking you (hover over)
• Keep software up to date on all devices
• Always use strong complex passwords & add 2FA/ MFA to all accounts where possible for an extra layer of security
Message sent by
Jodie Nevin (Police,Cyber Protect Officer,Derbyshire)

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