Thursday 2nd April 2020

NZ is receiving reports of online criminals using the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to carry out online scams and malicious cyber activity.

Reports include opportunistic attempts to use the COVID-19 pandemic to trick people in to (amongst other things):

  • donating to a fake World Health Organisation COVID-19 Response Fund
  • paying a bitcoin ransom or risk their family being infected with COVID-19
  • downloading malware from COVID-19 maps, or
  • entering their details into phishing websites.

You can get more information on these and other cyber security threats as well as being able to report any you do come across with CERT NZ.