There is a great deal of misinformation about the Covid-19 outbreak. National Security Centres agree that there is a sustained misinformation attack using social media to feed main news channels, intended to create panic, to warn of false shortages of food and other essential items, to disrupt normal business and its output, and to generally harm the economies of the free world. One of the biggest results of the fear of Coronavirus is the encouragement of businesses to make workers ‘work from home’, in an attempt to prevent human contacts and a potential infection spread. While this may cause overload disruption to some broadband carriers, the biggest cyber effect is on cyber security. While many large businesses have large cyber security organisations, procedures and measures, potential hackers will use the opportunity to their advantage. The parent company’s cyber security may be adequate, but the weaknesses may come from its ‘out stations’: its suppliers, its sub offices and increasingly its ‘workers from home’, who may not have the same level of cyber security available. By accessing these softer targets, cyber criminals hope to gain access to the central company data and links. An increase in ‘supply chain attacks’ and phishing e-mails is already starting to appear.
Written By David Palmer OBE