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The impact of Covid-19 on cybersecurity and data privacy

Published on April 23, 2020   20 min

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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 crisis? 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 high-tech scams. 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.

The impact of Covid-19 on cybersecurity and data privacy

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