It is becoming apparent that the current Covid-19 emergency situation of authorities, universities and companies is increasingly being exploited by cybercriminals (see BSI information). In particular, the massive expansion of teleworking with hastily set up terminals and access to the corporate or government network is problematic in this context. At present, phishing attacks, i.e. e-mails with which users are to be distributed in order to enter sensitive access data, are particularly noticeable. Or you may receive e-mails with supposedly serious information or offers that are precisely tailored to the current emergency situation and the many challenges we face. For many questions the kiz can realize technical solutions but unfortunately not for "social engineering".
Therefore our urgent appeal: Be attentive and rather delete immediately an e-mail which seems suspicious to you or offers unexpected help in the current situation. If necessary, ask the alleged sender whether he really sent you the e-mail. Try not to use links that are sent to you in an e-mail or at least check in the plain text setting of your e-mail program where the link actually leads to. With a few basic rules and increased vigilance you can already minimize many risks.