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Don’t be sitting target for scams, staff working from home warned

Laptop risk: ‘Hoaxers on alert’ PICTURE: ALAMY

CYBER criminals are exploiting coronavirus concerns to target people working from home.

Experts say there has been an increase in scammers trying to gain access to personal computers and bank accounts as millions of employees shift their tech from the office to home.

Software which helps staff with remote office working, such as Microsoft Teams, has also been hit.

Yesterday, the tech giant launched an investigation after users across Europe reported faults and disruption.

Cyber security expert Graham Cluley told Metro: ‘We have seen an uptick in attacks which are coronavirus-related.

‘There’s been a large number of new website domains registered which have references to coronavirus or Covid-19 in their names. Some of these purport to be legitimate but are scams designed to spread malware or phish for information from unsuspecting users.’ He added that employees logging in at home may not have the safety net of an IT support team.

Sarah Gregory was targeted as she worked from home yesterday by a hoaxer who claimed to be from her internet and TV provider Sky. He gained remote access to her laptop after insisting there was a problem with her router and asked for her bank details to offer ‘compensation’ — at which point she hung up.

Mrs Gregory, from Kent, said: ‘I’m usually very suspicious of callers but was totally caught out by the timing, given that I had problems with our service this weekend and had been working remotely.’