Interpol Warns of 'Alarming' Rate of Cybercrime Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Predicts That It Will Increase in the Near Future

Interpol warned of an “alarming” rate of cybercrime during the coronavirus pandemic, with criminals taking advantage of people working from home to target significant institutions. The law enforcement organization said that in one four-month period (January to April) around 907,000 spam messages, 737 incidents related to malware and 48,000 malicious URLs, all related to COVID-19, were detected by one of its private-sector partners. Interpol has concluded that “a further increase in cybercrime is highly likely in the near future” and “threat actors are likely to continue proliferating coronavirus-themed online scams and phishing campaigns to leverage public concern about the pandemic.”


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