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NHS Covid-19 vaccination scam email and what to look out for

NHS Covid-19 vaccination scam email and what to look out for

I will show you an example of an email that was received to a users email and how to spot them fast

Ever email may look different however the principle is still the same for all emails you may think is a scam

This particular email is getting you to book a vaccination slot for a price this one was £3 or £5 depending on the day

the email:

NHS Covid-19 vaccination scam email and what to look out for

First thing not to do is click on any links especially if your on a mobile phone 

Now if you have a look at this email that was sent:

1. the sender’s email is not an official NHS Email (From NHS-UK <migoldsmith@hotmail.co.uk>), not all email software will show you the full email some will only show the From Name (From NHS-UK) and you may think that it’s from the NHS if you hover your mouse over the from the email  it will show the full email or right click and copy link then paste it into a text file and you will get the full email that way as well

2. Look out for spelling mistakes and grammar errors  as most of the email scams are done by no native English speaking people now with that in mind it’s now getting harder to spot fake emails with just misspelt words

3. Links within the email now in this email you have an (accept invitation) and a (decline invitation) if you hover your mouse over the links do not click them you will see the Web URL the link is going to this one is (https://www.ksginstitutions.com/js/) that has nothing to do with the NHS see image:




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NHS Covid-19 vaccination scam email and what to look out for

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NHS Covid-19 vaccination scam email and what to look out for

NHS Covid-19 vaccination scam email and what to look out for

NHS Covid-19 vaccination scam email and what to look out for

NHS Covid-19 vaccination scam email and what to look out forNHS Covid-19 vaccination scam email and what to look out for

Conclusion:

This is a prime example of a phishing email scam that will trick a lot of people as everyone is wanting life back to some sort of normality just be very careful when you receive an email

Official information about the vacation program:

Wait to be contacted
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
Letters are being sent out every week – you might not get your letter straight away.

Full information can be found here Link to NHS website:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

The top five security threats to watch in 2021

The top five security threats to watch in 2021



Life-saving vaccines may be on the way, but for many of us, 2021 will be a lot like the past 12 months, at least until the latter part of the year. That means remote working in large numbers. It means growing use of online
services and applications to reach socially distancing and locked-down customers. And it means heavy investments in SaaS and IaaS cloud services to streamline processes and enhance business agility as we begin to exit the
pandemic.



On the plus side, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and IT security teams should be better resourced and more capable of supporting the business during this crucial year. But cyber-criminals won’t make life easy. Here’s
what to look out for in 2021.

A long tail of COVID threats


Malicious COVID-themed email activity may have died down from a peak in early 2020 when Barracuda Networks detected a 667% spike. But it is still a threat, comprising scams designed to trick users into handing over money and/or
financial details; phishing attempts to harvest personal info; extortion; BEC and more. COVID-19 will be the gift that keeps on giving for cyber-criminals over the coming year. Localised news events and breaking stories such as the
availability of new vaccines will continue to be hijacked and used in malicious email campaigns.


For IT security leaders, layered email security including AI-powered tools and behavioural analytics to spot sophisticated threats will become increasingly important. As will cloud-based deployment to protect the remote workers
targeted by these threats. Enhanced phishing training will also go a long way.



Humans continue to make mistakes


The success of phishing attacks ultimately rests on whether the end-user decides to click or not. But human error can expose organisations to cyber risk in more ways than that. In 2021, we can expect to see many more cases of
misconfiguration, especially in the public cloud, where investments will grow the global market by a predicted 35%. The sheer complexity of multiple hybrid cloud environments running side-by-side will outpace the in-house skills
needed to adequately secure and manage them. Exposed storage buckets and credentials are particularly dangerous, as cyber-criminals get better at scanning for potentially unlocked doors.


Organisations will need smarter tools to automatically scan cloud environments for such mistakes and seamlessly remediate any instances of policy non-compliance.


APIs represent a new attack vector



The application programming interface (API) has been with us for years. But the digital-first businesses of 2021 will increasingly come to rely on APIs to connect to third-party services and enhance application-centric customer
experiences. The challenge is that this will further increase the corporate attack surface and provide cyber-criminals with a potentially useful vector to access customer data and back-end services.


As APIs are intrinsically insecure, organisations will need to do a better job of layering up security via next-gen web app firewalls (WAFs).


Cloud apps under attack



As mentioned, cloud-based applications have become increasingly important to businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Adoption of SaaS collaboration tools rocketed in 2020, while many organisations—from restaurants to banks—also
developed their own apps to reach customers more effectively. This digital push will continue apace in 2021, especially if vaccine roll-outs drag and/or social distancing continues. The problem is that many apps are being delivered
with coding errors that could leave organisations exposed to simple but devastating attacks, like cross-site scripting and SQL injection.



According to one report, 23% of exploits are published within a week after a patch is released and 50% are published within a month. IT security teams must therefore continuously scan their systems for vulnerabilities and act
quickly to patch where a fix is available. More holistically, they should also look to WAFs to protect their applications.


Ransomware targets the mid-market



Ransomware attacks on big-name brands tend to grab the headlines. But according to one recent report, the majority of threats target smaller organisations. In fact, in Q3 2020, organisations with up to 100 employees accounted for
32% of attacks, and those with up to 1000 workers accounted for 73%. The trend will continue into 2021 as attackers go after the low-hanging fruit. If your business is singled out as rich enough, they may use multi-stage targeted
attacks more reminiscent of APT groups than ransomware.



It goes without saying that prevention should be the focus here, especially as many ransomware groups now exfiltrate data alongside malware deployment. That means deploying cyber-defences across email, network and application
layers. But don’t forget the basics either: easy-to-use cloud back-up tools are crucial to enabling a swift recovery from any incident. Look out for offerings with unlimited storage and retention.



In many ways, the threats targeting organisations over the coming year will look pretty familiar to IT security leaders. That should be of some comfort. However, with so much at stake, there’s no room for complacency as we all
look forward to a more prosperous 2021.