Expert Insight On Covid-19 Test & Trace SMS Phishing Attack

The NHS Test & Trace scheme is already being exploited by cybercriminals, with a new smishing (SMS-phishing) attack telling citizens that they have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. An example of the text message is below. These kinds of fake text messages typically include a link to a malicious site, or will ask the receiver to share personal information that could then be used to commit identity fraud.

NHS has written specific guidelines on how they will contact people in the Test & Trace scheme, which can be found here.


EXPERTS COMMENTS
Ben Tuckwell, District Manager, UK & Ireland ,  RSA Security
June 01, 2020
Consumers can protect themselves by acting smart and pausing to consider each communication they receive.
Fraudsters are known to thrive in times of crisis. With millions of people around the country working from home, in many cases distracted by young children, the truth is that they are sitting ducks for clever and timely phishing attacks. This particular smishing (SMS-phishing) attack makes great use of social engineering by exploiting the fact the track and trace services are making headlines and ....
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