With the massive outbreak of coronavirus, cyber criminals are taking advantage of the situation by making malicious files that are disguised as a document containing information about the deadly disease.
As per reports, most of the coronavirus-related domains are used for phishing attempts.
According to a cybersecurity firm Checkpoint Research, over 4000 coronavirus-related domains have been registered globally since January this year.
Out of the websites containing information about coronavirus, 3 per cent were found to be malicious and an additional 5 per cent were suspicious.
“Coronavirus-related domains are 50 per cent more likely to be malicious than other domains registered during the same period, and also higher than recent seasonal themes such as Valentine”s Day,” the cybersecurity firm said in a statement.
Moreover, the cybersecurity firm has already spotted many websites which lure people with information about coronavirus but in reality are known to be related to malicious activities.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has also put out a warning about phishing attempts via emails from apparent WHO representatives.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 40 on Monday.
A three-year-old child from Kerala tested positive for coronavirus on Monday.
The child has a travel history from Italy and was screened and isolated at the Kochi airport.