Coronavirus (COVID-19) does not only endanger humans, but also computing devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). The call to work from home with a variety of employee devices can turn out to be an entry point for cyber attacks against companies.

This is because the average employee’s personal computing device does not have sufficient cybersecurity protection. As a result, cyberattacks can enter indirectly through routers, personal laptops, gaming devices and home entertainment systems.

The attack is not for the private users of the device, but rather becomes a gateway to attack corporate networks. After that, it is possible that the attacker will take action that should not have happened, namely theft of company data and so on.

According to Aamir Lakhani, Cybersecurity Researcher and Practitioner for FortiGuard Labs, several cyber attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic also attacked medical device suppliers via fake e-mails containing malicious Microsoft Word attachments.

In addition, there are also attacks that send e-mails containing reports related to COVID-19 as if they were from an official government agency. “If the recipient opens the attachment, the downloaded file can extract the file from the user’s computer,” said Lakhani on Wednesday (17/2).

It is undeniable that the adoption of IoT technology is getting stronger over time. Fortinet, a global cybersecurity company based in Sunnyvale, California, United States, stated that IoT platform revenue in 2020 will reach US$66 billion, up 20% from 2019.

The rapid increase in the adoption of IoT technology has pushed cyber criminals to accelerate their attacks in a variety of ways that are equally sophisticated and resourceful. Lakhani said, it must be anticipated.


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