Floyd Killing Exploited as Cyber Propaganda Weapon Overseas

China, Russia and Iran have seized on the George Floyd killing to promote stories hostile to the United States in their state-owned media, but their efforts stopped short of the type of covert online influence operation attributed to Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a recent analysis.

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Fake COVID-19 Cures Spread on Internet: FBI

The FBI has received over 3,600 complaints about scammers operating online, some of them purporting to be connected with public health agencies. One illicit site pretended to solicit and collect donations to the American Red Cross for COVID-19 relief.

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Virus-Related Fraud, Cyber-Scams on the Rise, Warns DOJ

From phone calls offering deals on tests or respiratory masks to social media accounts promising a path to business stimulus funds, frauds feeding off people’s fears of COVID-19 are multiplying quickly, according to a statement released last week by the Department of Justice.

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Have You Been Zoom-Bombed? Experts Blame Security Flaws, China Ties

The company is facing a backlash from users worried about the lack of end-to-end encryption of meeting sessions and “zoombombing,” where uninvited guests crash into meetings. A study published last week found new and significant security flaws in Zoom, including ties to China, and the company is reportedly facing several investigations on data privacy and security.

‘Party Crashers’ Hacking Zoom During COVID-19

A former agent said, “Cyber criminals are targeting video conferencing sites like Zoom, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The FBI says people using apps like Zoom should sure everyone’s software is updated, not make meetings or classrooms public and to provide links directly to users.