Cybersecurity researchers from Kaspersky have discovered that a fake NHS website is being used by hackers to distribute malware. And the news is out that already the fake website has been accessed by thousands of online users seeking online help and advice related to Corona Virus.
Going deep into the details, Kaspersky researchers say that the website is acting as a Trojan distributing hub where it lures the online users in clicking malicious links thereafter stealing a password, credit card details, and other such sensitive info from the internet browser.
“Found a fake NHS website spreading COVID 19 messaging and tricking people in clicking malicious links filled with malware filled attachments and download,” says Yury Namestnikov, head of Kaspersky Global Research and Analysis Team.
Yury said that his Russian firm has seen a 43% growth in such malicious cyber attacks between January and March of this year i.e. during the time when the Coronavirus was spreading abruptly.
Kaspersky is advising its online users to protect their devices with anti-malware solutions, keep their operating systems up to date, keeping regular backups of data, using unique and complex passwords for every online account, and always typing the URL of the company or service directly into the browser instead of clicking on links and ensuring that it starts with Https if it is likely a payment acceptance website.
Note- NHS has strongly disclaimed the media speculations that a fake healthcare website is doing rounds on the internet in its name, but has cautioned the public to remain vigilant while accessing any government-related services online.