Interviewer: Today I am
interviewing Claudiu Popa,
who is a certified cybersecurity and
privacy expert based in Canada.
Claudiu, what are the challenges users
are experiencing during this coronavirus
Mr. Popa: Well, we've seen a vast
increase in phishing, spam and malware and
a lot of fraudulent attempts
arriving in peoples inboxes,
they're presented to people as
they're browsing the internet,
they're even getting
telephone calls at home.
Those are just the targeted ones that
target what are now called WFH people,
or work-from-home individuals.
In addition to that, you've got regular
people who are getting knocks on
the door from random individuals who show
up and say 'we've got COVID-19 tests here,
and for $300 we'll tell you on
the spot if you are infected'.
Though a lot of these things
consist of two Q-tips,
you get swabbed and
away they go with your $300.
There's any number of low-tech and
People are receiving checks in the mail
that talk about government incentives and
subsidy payments, and
because it's a stressful time for
a lot of people,
many of them will take a chance.
In many cases, people can just
take a picture of a check and
drop it in because they've arranged to
have that convenience with the bank,
and in some cases, they get defrauded
as a result of that advanced-fee scam.