Cyber Awareness - COVID-19

Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams


SDSU IT Security Office would like to remind our community to remain vigilant for scams related to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Cybercriminals will likely use COVID-19 pandemic to spread scams. They may send phishing emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Exercise caution in handling any email with a COVID-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to COVID-19.

Current scams to beware of include the following:

  • Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Update. Microsoft is warning of an ongoing COVID-19 themed phishing campaign that starts with emails pretending to be from the Johns Hopkins Center, which is sending an update on the number of Coronavirus-related deaths there are in the United States.
  • COVID-19 Tracking Maps with Malware. Attackers are circulating links to malicious websites disguised as COVID-19 maps, either on social media or through misleading emails. Opening one these sites prompts the user to install an applet that infects their device with malware that steals data such as login credentials and banking information.
  • Malicious Website (coronavirusapp[.]site) claiming to have a real-time Coronavirus outbreak tracker available via an app download.

SDSU and CSU COVID-19 Resources

For SDSU and CSU information, please visit these sites frequently, as they are regularly updated.

SDSU Virtual Support Resources

COVID-19 Information Updates

If you feel you have received a phishing email please report it to [email protected].