The beginning of the pandemic brought with itself chaos, panic, and fear, but also brought plentiful opportunities for cybercriminals to take advantage of this mania for financial gain. Phishing attacks became the leading cyber-threat since the beginning of 2020 and COVID-19 has become the most exploitable resource for these threat actors.
COVID-19 themed topics include personal protection equipment (PPE), COVID testing, government stimulus programs, prevention via vaccines, vaccine distribution, and treatment using pharmaceutical drugs. Attack schemes also include phishing for employees’ credentials in drug companies and pharmaceutical research and production companies.
As vaccines roll out, phishing attacks will also increase in frequency and the phishing theme would be to exploit the vaccine distribution.