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Home office access points increasingly targeted in cyberattacks

Home office access points increasingly targeted in cyberattacks
Bremerhaven

A large number of cyberattacks have been aimed at home office access points over the last few weeks, bremenports has warned.

Due to the current pandemic, many companies have enabled their staff to work from home within a very short time however not all of the solutions have taken data security aspects fully into account.

As a result, many cyberattacks are now aimed at potential weak points in these home office access points.

These weak points range from insufficiently secure access, based on user names and passwords which may possibly be used in other (leaked) online services, to obsolete or unsuitable software solutions.

Warnings about a rise in the number of cyberattacks on businesses during the coronavirus crisis have been issued by both the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) North.

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality (AGCS) and IT security company Trend Micro have also announced that cyberattacks between mid-February and mid-March were five times higher than usual.

There has been a rise in the number of phishing attacks registered, ranging from simple social engineering to targeted spear fishing.

A renewed occurrence of dynamite phishing attacks using the emotet malware that was prevalent in 2019 has been found by the BSI.

The BSI has now issued a checklist for emergencies, intended especially for private use, as well as recommendations for home office security.

It notes that it is necessary to implement both technological protective measures, in the form of mail and anti-phishing filters, as well as organisational measures in order to raise attentiveness of employees concerned.