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Cybersecurity and COVID-19

Every disaster is a hacker's opportunity.

No matter if it is an earthquake, tornado or a coronavirus epidemic, there are criminals who will try to take advantage of the opportunity to take money unlawfully from people. 

For the current coronavirus situation, many people will be searching for information about the virus and its implications. This will likely prompt some folks to let their guard down when they get emails "supposedly" sharing critical information. With the above in mind, see this news item from CISA:

"The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.

CISA encourages individuals to remain vigilant and take the following precautions.

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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