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The number of fake phishing emails has jumped 667% in the past month as the number of people working from home has doubled, according to the cybersecurity firm Barracuda


The most common claim to be from the CDC or WHO. Crooks are promising cures for the virus, ways to speed delivery of government checks and links to live maps of the outbreak. 

Be suspicious of any urgent email, text message or phone call related to the virus. Ignore these messages and never provide personal information. 


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For the second time in two years, Marriott has been hacked, exposing personal information of about 5.2 million customers including email addresses, phone numbers, mailing addresses and birthdays. The hotel company is alerting those affected, requiring them to change passwords and recommending that they enroll in two-factor authentication — the precautionary step where a user is texted a code number to enter every time they log into their Marriott account.

The tech publication ZDNet recommends muting or disabling Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Hey Google during work-related calls and video chats. The reason: Alexa, for example, accidentally activates and records conversations an average 19 times a day.

Downloads of the videoconferencing software Zoom have jumped from about 200,000 a day to 2 million a day since the outbreak of the virus. Other video conferencing platforms report similar growth.


While virtual meetings are rapidly becoming more popular, remember to cover the camera on your computer with a piece of tape when you’re not using it. Cameras can be activated by fraudsters, bypassing security controls and the light that alerts a user that the camera is active.

If you purchased something from the Tupperware website in recent weeks, watch your credit card statement for charges you didn’t make. The Tupperware website was hacked by crooks who were able to capture customers’ credit card information.

Aware Force Cybersecurity News • April 2020 a • Edition #92

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