The latest COVID-19 scam, Microsoft warns, is a phishing hoax sent via email. Designed to tempt readers’ curiosity and look unmistakably official, the excel spreadsheet claims to be sent by the “John Hopkins Center” and contain all US deaths caused by coronavirus.
Once opened, the document prompts the unsuspecting reader to give special remote permissions with a click of a button that reads “Enable Content”. Once clicked, software is downloaded that allows hackers to take over control of the computer. From there, they can steal whatever sensitive or personal data they please.
Individuals, managers, and business owners (especially those managing teams remotely) are urged to stay alert and pass this warning along to employees. And, as always, never open any attachments from unsolicited emails without verifying their legitimacy; even if it seems official.