Stacks: criminals seek to steal with fake vaccination appointments
Users on social networks are denouncing the receipt via email of messages that are supposedly appointments for the National Vaccination Plan but that in reality it is a modality that seeks to steal personal information.
The message is sent from the sender [email protected], is accompanied by an image of the doses applied and mentions: “We notify you via email that you have been scheduled in the national vaccination plan, we have Attached your vaccination appointment ”.
In the attachment comes a file PDF that is used, precisely, to install viruses on computers.
The Ministry of Health recalls, however, that it is not scheduling appointments for vaccination and that this process is in charge of clinics and hospitals through telephone calls, mainly.
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Specifically, this modality is known as ‘phishing’, where cybercriminals through malicious messages to email or by instant messaging applications they seek to steal users’ personal information, from bank details to access to social network accounts.
In these messages, the attackers pretend to be state entities, companies or recognized brands to generate trust between people. They usually use two strategies, one is to attach a document to the message or direct to a supposed website where you must fill in some personal information.
The file in the document is malicious and generally downloads Trojan malware, which allows the criminal to remotely access the computer on which the email was opened in order to manipulate all the information within it.
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During the last year, according to the ICT Analysis and Creativity Tank (TicTac), of the Colombian Chamber of Informatics and Telecommunications, the situation of the coronavirus has increased cyberattacks by 37 percent. Likewise, during 2020 the cases of ‘phishing’ registered a growth of 204 percent in the country, compared to the 2019 figures.
HEALTH AND TECHNOSPHERE UNIT