Cyber security and coronavirus: the world of work in times of crisis

Cyber ​​security has always been an extremely sensitive key for a company, at any time. During this time of crisis due to Covid-19 in which almost all the world is forced to stay in their homes, online traffic has grown exponentially.
In fact, greater use is made of online applications to work, hold meetings with colleagues, to share sensitive documents and data.
The issue related to cyber security has always been of great importance, but probably never as in this period.
This emergency is unlike previous events of any kind. Cyber ​​crime did not stop, on the contrary, it seized the opportunity and developed even more. It appears that cyberattack attempts in the past month have seen exponential growth in a number of ways, here are a few.

Account takeover

Account takeover means a type of attack in which cybercriminals steal private credentials through a so-called “data breach” thus taking control of valuable tools such as bank accounts, stealing money as well as sensitive information. The entrance doors to these thefts are many: from gaming accounts to e-mail, to video conferencing programs: great responsibility is always required in knowing how to recognize false messages for the purpose of baiting.


Vishing is a type of cyber attack in which the victim receives calls, often voip calls, for the purpose of stealing personal data or consent for certain fraudulent commercial offers. It can also happen via sms and the important thing is to avoid clicking on unknown links or answering calls with unknown numbers.

Social media

Social media have long been a hotbed for cybercriminals, who spread malicious links, scams, malware that spread to their contacts. Covid-19 has been exploited in favor by spreading false charity collections with the aim of stealing funds destined for solidarity.


Unfortunately, the world of the apps has also been contaminated by cyber attacks. Cyber ​​criminals have released various fake apps that promote news and updates on the Coronavirus, while instead downloading malware and ransomware to the victim’s device compromising him and putting personal information at risk.

Possible solutions?

Like everything, cyber attacks also have vulnerabilities, fortunately. The first weapon that can be deployed is one’s responsibility. Cybercriminals almost always leverage feelings of fear, risk or urgency by sending cheating and misleading messages. It remains essential in the fight against cybercrime to be able to recognize scams and traps ex ante, isolating them and making them fundamentally harmless.
This is essential because cybercrime will always try to be a step forward: as early as January 2020, tens of thousands of new domains were identified which contained the words “coronavirus” and “covid-19”, a signal that numerous scams were already in preparation .