Purcell Police are issuing a warning for a cyber threat with actors exploiting coronavirus concerns to further malware and phishing campaigns.

Lt. Kevin Austin, C.I.D., said Det. Sgt. Scott Stephens came across the cyber awareness bulletin.

Fake emails in Japan imitate official notifications from public health organizations warning of coronavirus infection reports and directs readers to open  malicious attachment.

According to the bulletin, the best prevention practices include blocking email attachments commonly associated with malware, blocking emails where attachments cannot be scanned by antivirus software, implement group policy objects and firewall rules.

Also, implement an antivirus program and formalized patch management processes, implement filters at the email gateway and block suspicious IP addresses at the firewall and limit unnecessary lateral communications.

Police report citizens using their computers be extra vigilant and not open any file they don’t immediately recognize.

Also they request citizens report suspicious activity so they can pass it along to the public.

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