Cyber Security Risk – Advice and Guidance

15 April 2020

It has been identified by multiple sources that cyber criminals have started to exploit the Coronavirus epidemic.  There has been an increase in Coronavirus linked phishing emails, websites that download malicious software and with a growing number of people working from home and self-isolating this could make users and networks more susceptible to attacks.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has mitigating advice and guidance for malware and ransomware; home working and phishing attacks:

It is important everyone is vigilant against cyber attacks, more now than ever; below is a list of recently released guidance which can help:

Mitigating malware and ransomware attacks:

How to defend organisations against malware or ransomware attacks

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/mitigating-malware-and-ransomware-attacks

Cyber experts step in as criminals seek to exploit Coronavirus fears

Experts at the NCSC have revealed phishing attacks exploiting worries over COVID-19

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/cyber-experts-step-criminals-exploit-coronavirus

Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-known Malware

A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website. Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering. Furthermore, anyone searching the internet for a Coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website.

Coronavirus Related Scams

Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800k. Ten of these reports were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers. Reporting numbers are expected to rise as the virus continues to spread across the world

Fraudsters are also sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.

Some of the other tactics we’ve identified from victim reports:

  • Fraudsters purporting to be from research organisation’s affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) contact potential victims over email. They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.

Watch out for scam messages:

Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.

Shopping online:

If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.

For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit.: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely

Protect your devices from the latest threats:

Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats. For information on how to update your devices, please visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/securing-your-devices

Take Five to Stop Fraud

Take Five is a national campaign offering straight-forward, impartial advice that helps prevent email, phone-based and online fraud – particularly where criminals impersonate trusted organisations.

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

If you have been a victim of cyber crime, please report this to Action Fraud.  The information you provide may help protect others from becoming a victim of cyber crime, if people do not tell us what is happening, then we do not know the true extent of the problem.  You can report to action fraud via:

If you are a business, charity or other organisation which is currently suffering a live cyber attack (in progress), please call 0300 123 2040 immediately.

Additional Resources:

Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-known Malware

Criminals seek to exploit Coronavirus fears.

Ransomware – Protection and Recovery 01

Ransomware – Protection and Recovery 02

Examples of Attacks:

Attack Example 01

Attack Example 02

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Attack Example 03

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Attack Example 04

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During school closure, all learning tasks will be set via Show My Homework.  There will be tasks on Show My Homework for students to complete every day.

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All queries about logging in, including any issues with passwords, must be sent via email to remoteithelp@berwickacademy.co.uk 
 
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We expect Year 9 and 10 students to complete the work set on Show My Homework in the new exercise book that they were given on Friday 20th March.  Your child should bring this exercise book back to school when we re-open.  Years 11-13 should continue work in their existing books and folders, as directed by their teacher.

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Show My Homework is the online portal that we use for tracking and managing your child’s homework.

Show My Homework provides:

Show My Homework app, which can be accessed with your login code, as an easy way to keep up-to-date with your child’s homework    We hope that this will be of use to you in viewing and tracking the work set for your child.

While parents should use their login code, students should select the ‘Login with Office 365’ button to log in, which is situated directly beneath the main login boxes at the top of the web page.  To log in, please visit www.showmyhomework.co.uk.

If your child is having difficulty logging in, their first action should be to contact  remoteithelp@berwickacademy.co.ukIf there are further queries following this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Show My Homework, who are always happy to help. Just log a query using help.showmyhomework.co.uk or call 0207 1979550.