The WhatsApp coup that promises the government's Emergency Aid, known as a "coronavoucher", has already claimed more than 7 million victims, according to a report by PSafe on Monday (20). The criminal action, which is passed on by the victims themselves as a way to complete registration to receive the false aid, has as its main vehicle of dissemination social networks and the messenger of Facebook for Android and iPhone (iOS).
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The coronavoucher scam, which is already the biggest this year, informs victims that the aid will be available as soon as the registration is completed, and draws attention for showing certain veracity in the questions asked by the suspicious website, which are only bait to steal information.
By clicking on the link, the individual is invited to answer questions such as "Are you a beneficiary of Bolsa Familia?" and "Are you autonomous?". To complete the inscription on the false benefit, you need to share the link on social networks and this is how cybercriminals manage to make more victims.
The director of the dfndr lab Emlio Simoni informs that these scams "take advantage of real actions that large companies and the government are taking to face the coronavirus, such as the donation of alcohol gel and payment of benefits to the population".
At the beginning of the month, with the disclosure of the Caixa | Emergency Aid to pass on benefit payments, several fake apps were found on the Play Store. The number of attacks is expected to increase in the coming days.
According to Simoni, "the losses (derived from this type of scam) are mainly financial, but it is also possible that the registration of the cell phone (of the victim) in paid SMS services, theft of social network credentials and e-mail, or the installation of a malicious application. Simoni further explains that this type of scam based on adware, in which the cybercriminal profits from viewing advertising, however, it is possible that this type of advertisement opens "security holes for more damaging attacks".
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