CNCS identified 164 cyber attacks in Portugal between March and April. 71 of the cases were phishing scams

The National Cybersecurity Center (CNCS) confirmed an increase in the number of computer attacks in Portugal. During the month of March and in the first half of April, 164 incidents were identified. Of the total number of attacks, 71 of them were cases of phishing. The organization revealed that some of the incidents are directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic theme.

In Portuguese statements, the CNCS indicated that the increase in the number of cases coincides with the measures of social isolation taken under the State of Emergency. The organization recalled that international crisis contexts, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, are frequently used by cybercriminals, sustaining computer attacks in the context of social alarmism.

Among the most common targets are companies, as well as the Public Administration. Phishing and smishing campaigns have been one of the most frequent incidents. The CNCS revealed that from the beginning of April to the 12th of the month 32 fraudulent schemes of the kind were identified.

The entity indicated that it has been intervening in terms of the management and coordination of the response to incidents and in the support and awareness for better prevention and cybersecurity. In addition, the Center is joining efforts in conjunction with the National and European CSIRT network to ensure the security of the digital space.

The Center explained that the mechanisms for articulation with the PJ and the SIS were also strengthened. To help Internet users stay protected, the entity has published a set of alerts and recommendations in its communication channels.

Although there is no record of situations with Zoom in Portugal, the recent security incidents on the platform have caught the attention of CNCS. Recently, the entity, in partnership with the Directorate-General for Education, SeguraNet and the National Data Protection Commission, made available a set of practical recommendations to protect "kids and kids" against threats on the distance learning platforms.

Users should, for example, create a unique access password for each meeting and choose to restrict events to authenticated users only. Enabling end-to-end encryption of meetings is also recommended, as well as setting the appropriate recording permissions and using audio signatures. If you plan to share the content you have produced on the screen, you must use a watermark to protect intellectual property.

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