Cybercrime can be described as a type of crime committed by criminals with the use of computers as a tool. The crime can be anything ranging from downloading movies illegally (Piracy), sending spam emails, or trying to gain access over other’s devices connected to the internet (hacking). Since the internet has no geographical limitations, and boundaries it makes it hard to catch the criminals who committed cybercrimes. Cybercrime has the potentials to impact business, and as well as personal. According to cybersecurity ventures’ annual cybercrime report , it is estimated that cybercrime damages 6 Trillion USD by 2021. This estimation can show how serious is cybercrime in a business context. Also, a case study  conducted by Ponemon Institute LLC and jointly developed by Accenture points out that the average cost of cybercrime in an organization costs 13 Million USD in 2019, which is 1.4 Million USD higher than previous years.
Covid-19, a Pandemic that turned the world upside down. So far, the world has seen several pandemics before, but Covid-19 is different. Because it bought a threat not only to the physical world but also to the Virtual world (CyberSpace). Day by day the number of cyber attacks increasing dramatically. On 4th August 2020, Interpol released the report  which shows the magnificent rate of cyberattacks during this pandemic period. Also, at the moment the attacks are rapidly moving towards small businesses and corporations, governments, and critical infrastructure than to individual targets. When focusing particularly on Southeast Asia, the major threats are Covid-19 related scams, especially Phishing campaigns that mainly themed on Government Covid-19 relief funds. Also, as per IBM’s report , between March, and May 2020 there is more 6000 percentage of increases in COVID-19 themed attacks which mainly focuses on Malware sales in the Dark Web. Microsoft security endpoint report  reveals that most of the compromises that happened in this pandemic are the results of the attacks that existed earlier. The interesting point to notice here is several malware groups are using the persistence method. During the Covid-19 attacks, the most targeted fields are the critical infrastructure, these include Government organizations, health care, and educational sectors. When getting deep inside the technical part, most of the phishing attacks consists of the URL of advanced malware, so if a single user clicks the URL it can lead to the compromisation of the entire network. With this methodology, the attacker can easily gain access to the network and plant the backdoors which provide persistent access.
When particularly focus on India, the state Kerala records a high quantity of cybercrimes during the lockdown period . The motivation behind these attacks is to compromise the device and acquire banking details. One more interesting cybercrime happened is infected mobile applications such as…
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