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100 Days of COVID-19: Mimecast Threat Intelligence

100 Days of COVID-19: Mimecast Threat Intelligence

The Mimecast Threat Intelligence team team analysed key trends in malware, impersonation attacks and email phishing since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. In this article you will discover the findings as well as the steps that your organisation can take to minimise risk and increase cyber awareness.

The global spread of COVID-19 has created many new opportunities for threat actors in malware, impersonation attacks, and email phishing, forcing all organisations to carefully review their multi-layered cybersecurity strategies and arm employees with knowledge of how to protect themselves. Increases in coronavirus-related spam and impersonation attack campaigns are exploiting the vulnerability of users working at home, taking advantage of their desire for information about the coronavirus pandemic to entice them to click on unsafe links. 

Traditional fraudsters are also using spam to offer fake or non-existent goods such as protective masks or COVID-19 cures. To provide a clear picture of how malicious actors are exploiting those opportunities, the Mimecast Threat Intelligence team analysed key trends in activity over the first 100 days of the pandemic – from January to the end of March 2020. The monthly volume of all detection categories reviewed increased significantly – by 33% – during this period: