Report coronavirus related cybercrime

Travel companies are being urged to report coronavirus related cyberattacks to travel anti-fraud group Profit.

The plea comes as Profit joins the police task squad tackling coronavirus related fraud and cybercrime.

The Fraud Advisory Panel Covid-19 Task Force, which includes representatives from the City of London Police, telecommunications and broadband industry and various government departments among others, has been set up to identify coronavirus-related fraud and cyber threats aimed at businesses during the pandemic.

According to new data from multinational cybersecurity company Trend Micro, the UK has seen the largest share of malicious coronavirus related spam emails globally between January 1 and March 27, 2020.

Around 20.8% of malicious spam emails in the UK in the three month period had coronavirus in the subject line. This compares with 11.5% in France, 8.2% in the US and 5.9% in Italy.

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