Currently around 30% of the UK are working from home during the Coronavirus pandemic which has created an abundance of opportunity for cybercriminals.

Security researchers have recently discovered brand new Spyware and Surveillanceware within fake programs purporting to be legitimate meeting and message programs such as Skype and other applications.

These programs have primarily been distributed via phishing emails, with links to malicious websites where users are able to download the malware.

Surveillanceware and Spyware have the capabilities of tracking what you do on your device, watching what you type and potentially gaining access to your webcam and microphone. Criminals use this malware to spy on their victims and to chance at stealing personal, confidential data such as credentials and banking information.

During the pandemic there has been an alarming increase in cyber-attacks as criminals attempt to exploit the public with large amounts of phishing, spear phishing, door-to-door scams and fake social media posts related to COVID-19.

When installing new programs it is critical that you only download software from the official website or to contact your IT department and ask for their assistance.

It is imperative that you remain vigilant when handling your mailboxes and double check everything before clicking on any links or providing any personal information.

Make sure to visit the Cyber Wise Phishing page to learn more about the different types of Phishing attacks, and how to stop and prevent them!