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COVID-19 and Cybersecurity: Statistics

Nine out of 10 domains for COVID-19 are scams. Half a million Zoom accounts are sold on the Dark Web. Brute-force attacks increased by 400%. And much more has happened in cyberspace since the coronavirus pandemic occurred.


Below you will find some statistics on COVID-19 and the world of cybersecurity:

1. The number of unsecured remote machines increased by 40%

As one would expect with so many new remote workers, there has been a huge increase in the number of remote desktop connections. According to Channel Futures citing a Webroot study, there was a 40% increase in machines using RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol).

2. RDP brute-force attacks increased by 400% in March and April

According to ZDNet's Catalin Cimpanu, cyber security company Kaspersky released a report in April showing a huge leap in RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) attacks.

All of these new remote desktop connections create an environment rich in targets. But here's the thing: What happens when you rush to get a ton of service overnight? Mistakes are made. This is one reason why so many remote desktops are not secure.

3. COVID-19-related email scams increased by 557% in March alone

According to Barracuda Networks, the number of COVID-19-related phishing scams skyrocketed in March. THE increase It probably continued from April onwards, but we only have the March data at this time.

These scams work like regular phishing scams, trying to trick users into giving them the credentials their. The only difference is that emails use the pandemic to deceive users by targeting various psychological factors.

4. Users are currently three times more likely to click on a phishing scam link

Even before the pandemic, credential theft and phishing were at the heart of 67% of breaches.

In a survey conducted in late March, Verizon researchers found that users were three times more likely to do click in an e-fishing link (Phishing) and then introduce their credentials now than they were before COVID-19. Of course, we can not ignore the fact that phishing messages often use the words "COVID" or "coronavirus", "mask"," Test "," quarantine "and" vaccine ".

5. There are billions of pages on the internet for COVID-19

About three weeks ago, we did a Google search for "COVID-19" and received 6,1 million Results. Today, the same search yielded 4,8 billion results. It is clearly the top search topic.

6. Tens of thousands of domains associated with COVID-19 are created daily

ZDNet has been monitoring the rise of coronavirus-themed domains and found that tens of thousands of new unique coronavirus-themed domains are being created every day.

7. 90% of the new pages on COVID-19 are scam

How many of these sites are legal? According to the same ZDNet survey, "nine out of ten cases are scam websites that take you to sites with fake treatments or private websites, which are most likely used to distribute malware."

8. More than 530.000 Zoom accounts are sold on the Dark Web

Just as there was an increase in remote work, there was an unprecedented increase in video conferencing via Zoom. Bleeping Computer reports that it has found over half a million Zoom credentials being sold on Dark web.


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