Hackers Use COVID-19 To Spread Computer Viruses

In addition to keeping yourself safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, a cybersecurity advisor says it’s also important to protect your computer.

Scott Beck, CEO of Riverview-based BeckTek, says many will take advantage of emotionally-charged situations like this to gain access to devices.

“Social media has been huge, people sharing sites that are actually leading to infected websites. The more drastic headlines often lead to bad places,” Beck says.

He says one scam, in particular, involves John Hopkins University which came up with a map to track the virus and that hackers have figured out how to hack the website’s code.

Beck says the ‘bad guys’ will often inject viruses into the code of various legitimate websites.

He says they install software that runs in the site’s background that gives them access to your computer.