After the scientists discovered the vaccine, many phishing scams have been circulating online and giving hints on how to get one.
COVID-19 vaccines have been discovered after almost a year of 24/7 research and attempts in the laboratories hoping to end the pandemic. After several releases of press releases of the breakthrough, so does the unstoppable circulation of phishing scam emails. These online scams aim to make users give their personal information, money in banks, and access to your mobile device in exchange for a first spot in getting the vaccine.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Online Scams
According to FBI warnings last month, citizens should be cautious when opening unknown emails and texts from strangers promising an acquisition of the COVID-19 vaccine. These precautions were not only shared by the FBI, but also by The Financial Crimes Network. Other jurisdictions have done the same, stating that these scammers are taking advantage of the crisis to con citizens for users.
Aside from the US government initiative, the UK law enforcement officials stated scammers sent out texts with links to a site that copied the UK’s National Health Service.
“These attacks prey on our desire for information in times of uncertainty,” declares Tony Pepper, CEO of Egress. The attacks, Egress adds, can be “incredibly convincing,” particularly to older people, who are at the top of lists for getting vaccines and may be waiting to hear from medical authorities.
They said that these scammers typically creates a new domain related to their false acts when starting up a phishing campaign to lure their targets. These websites will sometimes contain legitimate-looking web forms that you have to fill in to steal payment or health care information. It may even have some malicious malware that can leave you vulnerable to any ransomware attacks.
COVID-19 Damages Brain Tissues, Not Just Respiratory Senses – Study
A total of 91.5 million people had already acquired SARS-CoV-2, resulting in COVID-19, around the globe.
At least 2 million died, while over 50 million reportedly recovered from the virus. Unfortunately, the record does not seem to get lower.
In fact, a new warning was released by the Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM). SARS-CoV-2 has a deep effect on the brain, just like what happens in a patient’s respiratory senses.
The Yale School of Medicine has discovered that SARS-CoV-2 strain can affect a patient’s brain tissues.
According to report from Eurek Alert, though COVID-19 is primarily called as a ‘respiratory disease,’ it can still affect major parts of the body such as the brain.
Researchers found out that COVID-19 symptoms like headaches, loss of taste and smell, can result to something worse in the brain such as impaired consciousness, delirium, strokes, and cerebral hemorrhage.