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Rise in Malware Attacks

There is a rise in malware attacks. NASA reports seeing an “exponential” jump in malware attacks as personnel work from home. Dan Goodin writes “Space agency report suggests employees are falling for online scams”. “A new wave of cyber-attacks is targeting Federal Agency Personnel, required to telework from home, during the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak,” officials wrote in a memo. The wave over the past few days includes a(n):

  • Doubling of email phishing attempts
  • Exponential increase in malware attacks on NASA systems
  • Double the number of mitigation-blocking of NASA systems trying to access malicious sites (often unknowingly) due to users accessing the Internet

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