Another Hazard of Pandemics: Hackers
March 19, 2020 by Jeff Berman
Hackers tend to thrive when there is a lot of confusion and distraction amid a crisis like the current coronavirus pandemic, as many firms’ general counsels and executives are focused on safety and other emergency measures, so law firm Eversheds Sutherland has provided some pointers, in a legal alert at its website, on how advisors and others can remain on guard to avoid cybersecurity disasters.
First, as always, you should “be wary of clicking on links embedded in emails and entering in credentials,” the firm noted. “There is no doubt we will see an uptick in phishing emails appearing to come from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, other health-related organizations, or even from companies’ own HR departments,” it said. Therefore, employees “should be advised to look carefully at the sender’s email address (especially after the @ symbol), and to hover cursors over links to see where they really resolve,” the firm pointed out.