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Cybercriminals use US President Donald Trump’s Covid19 illness and Presidential poll to attack victims



President of the United States, Donald Trump

Cybercrime experts are warning to stay cautious while browsing content related to the President of the United States, Donald Trump as criminals have launched a series of malware around updates from him.

Cybercriminals have started writing malicious scripts and phishing emails to trap their victims. This time they are choosing President Trump, who is in the spotlight for testing positive of coronavirus and his explosive comments as Presidential Election Day is less than a month away.

Trump and the first lady Melania were tested positive for COVID-19 on October 2. After spending three nights at Walter Reed military hospital he returned to his official residence on October 5. There is a lot of curiosity around his health updates and what he is doing as President Trump at several occasions have disregarded the precautionary measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, both at the White House and his political rallies.

Moreover, Trump is in the news as 2020 US election is less than a month away. Experts claim cybercriminals are using these high-profile news stories to catch people’s attention and manipulate their emotions. Several phishing attacks will be scripted and malware will be written in coming days to trap as many possible.

Several fake news or links will be circulated about his health or controversial statesmen. His COVID-19 illness is being used to lure to try and trick users into clicking on a malicious document and downloading infected software.

Here are some tips to stay safe:

  • Be suspicious of emails, texts, and social media posts that contain shocking developments to the story. This could be false information designed to intentionally mislead you—a tactic known as disinformation.
  • No matter how shocking the news, always think before you click. Cyber attacks are designed to catch you off guard and trigger you to click impulsively.
  • Stay informed by following trusted or verified news sources and do some research to check the accuracy of sensational headlines.