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10 Cyberattacks on the Rise During the Pandemic

Cybercrime and cyber espionage have skyrocketed during COVID-19 lockdowns. Are your work-from-home employees aware of these security traps?
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2. Mobile Apps

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One of the more effective ways to combat COVID-19 is through contact tracing, which involves finding and testing all the individuals that infected patients came into contact with while contagious. News outlets have carried reports of tech companies like Apple and Google developing mobile apps to help with these efforts, and several countries have rolled out these contract tracing apps with various levels of success.

However, not all the contact tracing apps available are actually legitimate. Security researchers have discovered at least 12 malicious apps that pretended to be contract-tracing apps but really downloaded malware onto a user's device.

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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