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The ongoing COVID-19 situation is causing wide-spread disruption of society, from industry and commerce to our daily lives. Unfortunately, scammers are already trying to take advantage of us on digital platforms, which are crucial to keeping us all connected in times like these.
“Criminal activity by hackers and fraudsters exploiting people’s uncertainty and fears have already begun. We have seen cases where people have impersonated the World Health Organisation (WHO) and critical national authorities to conduct fraud, spread fake information, and carry out so-called phishing attacks to obtain sensitive information through e-mail and telephone. We expect to see an increase in cybercrime as businesses, organisations and authorities rapidly implement new measures to address the challenges related to COVID-19,” says André Årnes, SVP and Chief Security Officer at Telenor Group.