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Govt furlough scheme attacked by scammers as 140k sign up

Chris Ross, senior vice president at Barracuda Networks, said: “We’re seeing a sharp rise in phishing emails relating to the Covid-19 outbreak and this example underlines how hackers will prey upon vulnerable business owners who are trying to protect jobs.

“As always with these scams, the victim is encouraged to disclose personal data and financial information under the false assumption that the email is legitimate. 

“It is absolutely vital that businesses have the cyber security systems in place to identify and quarantine phishing emails and ensure that every employee is properly trained to spot suspicious communication and think twice before giving out personal information.”

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