Following the governmental measures of limiting unnecessary public movements due to COVID-19, a number of European and non-European countries reported a lot of cyber incidents.
A high number of attacks are regarding malicious phishing campaigns offering prizes in the form of well-established brand gift cards.
These attacks have been reported in Romania, Germany, France, Sweden & Greece.
In the following table you can find the brands used for the phishing scam attempts:
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As with previous scam/phishing incidents, potential victims are served a short questionnaire with general questions about their shopping preferences. After answering the questions, users are redirected to a page where they can choose from multiple options their prize. The goal is to redirect the user to a malicous website and trick him/her in subscribing in a paid service before they can receive their prize.
Steps to have in mind:
- Browse only secure websites where you can see the protocol https:// used at the beginning of the link – further information https://csirt.cy/https-explained/
- Always check the validity of the certificate of each website – further information https://csirt.cy/viewsslcertificates/
- Pay close attention to the content of the website, spelling and grammar mistakes often point to a phishing website.