Coronavirus: Another Scare for Australians as Email is Uncovered

People wear masks on the street to protect against a deadly pneumonia virus in Hong Kong, 31 March 2003. The death toll in Hong Kong to the disease known as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is now 15 with 610 people infected with the toll expected to rise. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/GettyImages)

With the COVID-19 scare ramping up every day, Australian citizens now have another coronavirus issue to deal with. A dangerous hacking scam has been uncovered by cyber security site Sophos as cases rise across the globe.

Never leaving a good crisis to go to waste, opportunistic hackers are distributing an email claiming to be from the World Health Organisation (WHO). The email contains spelling mistakes and features a button labelled “safety measures” which then directs the user to a phishing website displaying the real WHO website home page.

The real concern is the pop up that appears at the top asking for personal information, including an address and password. Cyber criminals can use from the email, the details entered to steal the user’s identity.

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South Australia Police have posted on their Facebook page, warning Australians of the scam and asking them to be extra vigilant when disclosing personal information.

“Take the time to think before following links or clicking on buttons contained within emails. Be open to the possibility that it could be a phishing or scam email,” their post read.

Today, as the figures stand on the John Hopkins map, the number of cases has jumped again from 60,152 cases as of noon yesterday to 64,291 within a 24-hour period. Singapore and Hong Kong numbers are particularly concerning, climbing steadily since 42 cases were announced on the 10th and 11th of February, and now sit at 58 diagnosed cases in Singapore, and 53 in Hong Kong.

Japan is the latest to record a COVID-19 fatality.


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