Microsoft Predicts the Threats Related to COVID-19 are less than 2%

Microsoft predicts the threats related to COVID-19

It is observed that the rate of cyber-crimes has not increased since the Coronavirus outbreak. The numbers of cyber-attacks are comparatively low considering the data, gathered by Microsoft and the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States.

The government of the United Kingdom and its National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has alerted about it. A similar kind of information is also shared by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

At this time the hackers are opting for different methodologies to hack the data as there are several employees of the tech giants who are working from home. This creates an extremely sensitive phenomenon as people find it difficult to concentrate while working from home. Due to this, it becomes easier for hackers to launch a ransomware attack.

Microsoft also suspected that the countries which are more prone to these attacks are the ones who have been affected by COVID-19 mostly like China, Russia, the US and Japan. The organization is also trying to block all the COVID-19 themed IDs and URLs.

Are hackers changing their way of attacking?

These organizations have suspected that there are hackers who can use this pandemic as an opportunity to spread the malware. So that they can acquire sensitive details through VPNs and sending the phishing emails.

They have also warned that there are hackers who have also tried various phishing attempts by sending emails and SMS. These emails and messages are appearing to be sent from the video conferencing applications like Microsoft Teams and Zoom. They also contain an attachment that can harm your system if opened.

In spite of all the alerts, the hackers are trying their best to divert their resources in order to get sensitive information and data. The hackers are very well informed about the working patterns and user availability.

Microsoft’s Approach to solve this problem

The NCSC director Paul Chichester passed a statement in which he said the malicious attackers are trying to adjust their tactics according to the users’ activities in this COVID-19 pandemic. Though NCSC is trying its best to cope up with this situation they are also warning the users about these threats.

He further added that they have provided suggestions to the public as well as the organizations to remain alert and pay attention to their guidelines. Besides, the director of NCSC has also guided to use services from the trusted sources.

Microsoft has also shed some light on this issue. The Microsoft 365 Security CVP, Rob Lefferts has stated that attackers are running out of resources and hence they are forced to divert themselves in using different tactics. For example, in recent times the hackers are utilizing their personal infrastructure and COVID-19 keywords to launch ransomware, malware and other phishing attacks.

The Microsoft data has also recognized threats that are specifically themed on the COVID-19. This has given the clarity that the pattern of attacks has changed completely which can cause severe damage.

According to Microsoft, they have tested millions of phishing emails and found that there are only 60,000 emails that have got the attachments that are malicious. In total there are less than 2% of the total threats that are detected by Microsoft.

Various cybersecurity specialists have also noticed the same phenomena and also warned the users to be alert during this time of crisis. The hackers are deviating from their usual way of launching an attack and hence it can only be avoided by avoiding unnecessary emails.

Author: Mark Bruno
Mark Bruno is not your typical computer geek. He has a degree in law and criminology, and always had a need for justice. Seeing how everything is getting digitalized, he decided to master cyber-security and virus protection with led him to join the LossOfPrivacy team.