This is what I found on FOXNEWS.COM:
The FBI on Wednesday warned that the public health and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic are providing criminals with illicit opportunities at “breathtaking” speed.
The agency said a wave of criminals has emerged in recent months as U.S. officials scramble to coordinate relief efforts.
Although “swindles, scams, and outright thefts” are a regular feature of major disasters, the novel coronavirus has provided “criminal opportunities on a scale likely to dwarf anything seen before,” the FBI said in a statement, adding: “The speed at which criminals are devising and executing their schemes is truly breathtaking.”
According to the report, criminals are:
- impersonating doctors demanding payment for treatments
- using websites and mobile apps to implant malware
- using malware to steal financial and personal information
- used COVID-19 as a lure to deploy ransomware for payments
Criminals are also expected to “devise schemes to siphon funds from the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, passed by Congress last month,” Fox News reports.
“[T]he covid-19 pandemic provides criminal opportunities on a scale likely to dwarf anything seen before. The speed at which criminals are devising and executing their schemes is truly breathtaking….Ransomware is homicidal in the midst of a pandemic.” https://t.co/8jLhxowvf2
— Taz Daughtrey (@SecuringSystems) April 16, 2020
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