Report Shows Large Increase In 'Phishing' Attempts as COVID-19 Outbreaks Progress

Mar 26, 2020

A new analysis of Google data shows the number of predatory and misleading websites has increased by 350% since January. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.


According to the report by Atlas VPN, more than 300,000 of the sites were coronavirus-related. Typically called “phishing sites” they attempt to extract information from unsuspecting people like usernames, passwords, and geolocation data. Often they’re even disguised as official pages.

Experts say the best way to avoid exploitation is to only get critical information from official sources, like government websites or trusted news outlets, and always check the U R L of the site you’re visiting, to make sure it’s not a fake.