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Coronavirus outbreak leads hackers to target people working from home
Hackers taking advantage of coronavirus crisis
The Cyberguy Kurt Knutsson shares tips of how to avoid cyber attacks while working from home.
With millions of Americans being encouraged to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, an unfortunate side effect is taking place.
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The Cyberguy Kurt Knutsson told FOX Business' Cheryl Casone on Friday hackers are targeting remote workers' devices.
Some are baiting victims with an identical copy of an interactive Johns Hopkins coronavirus outbreak map while others are tricking people into downloading a bogus COVID-19 tracker. The scams even threaten to erase everything and leak social media accounts if a ransom is not paid within 48 hours.
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If you are concerned about falling victim to these threats, security engineer Maya Levine recommends securing devices like smart speakers, doorbells and WiFi accounts.
"Change the default username and password," Levine said. "If you leave that default on there, you're basically leaving your front door unlocked."
There is tech out there that can help secure your situation, as well.
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Hack Trap automatically protects your home and locks out ongoing internet scams and threats. It plugs in ahead of your cable or DSL modem.
Last week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency pointed to potential weaknesses in people's virtual private networks