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ALERT: Coronavirus Hacking Scams Are On The Rise

February 3, 2020


Hi Guys,

We are seeing a sharp rise in hacking campaigns using the recent Coronavirus outbreak as bait in attacks that are targeting people around the world. Please be extra careful when opening any messages.

Here is how the scam work:

1. The victim receives an email from a hacker impersonating the US Centre for Disease Control warning of new infection cases in their area and providing safety measures.
2. The message will ask the victim to click on a link or to open an attachment to get more information. (The malicious attachments include PDFs, MP4 movie files and Word documents.)
3. As soon as the victim clicks the link or opens the attachment the attack begins.

How can you protect yourself?

1. Never click on a link or open an attachment unless you are 100% sure that is safe. These messages can look very convincing and will have a sense of urgency. Do not be fooled.
2. You can use the Incognito website Checker to check if the sending domain name is safe.
3. If you are unsure you can forward the email to us and we can check it for you.

Please let me know if you need any more information or if you need any help with anything else.


All the best,


Max Roberts,

Incognito Privacy Care

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