The coronavirus crisis has provided fresh opportunity for online scammers to target newly unemployed and financially vulnerable workers, and now employers as well.
Expect to see a spike in hacking and fraud attempts, as the circumstances make for convenient Trojan horses in the shape of fake resumes for companies, fake job offers, fake unemployment sites, and fake mortgage offers for individuals.
Initial attacks targeted weak home internet security and capitalized on people’s fear of the novel coronavirus. The next wave of scams target Americans by going after their stimulus checks and unemployment benefits.
Just before the outbreak, cybersecurity firm Prevailion uncovered a scam in Germany. In the scam, a very sophisticated hacker organization sent malware in attachments to a company’s HR department designed to get past standard phishing-software.
Typically, companies are instructed not to open attachments coming from outside the organization, but the
Australia’s Village Roadshow Limited has begun exclusive sale talks with BGH, one of two finance companies that at the beginning of the year made takeover approaches to the company. The company also said that keeping its cinemas, film studios and theme parks closed is costing it $6.45 million to $9.68 million (A$10-15 million) per month, even after government subsidies for staff salaries.
Village Roadshow Limited owns one of Australia’s largest cinema circuits, film distribution company Roadshow Pictures and the Village Roadshow Studios at Gold Coast in Queensland. It also owns 31% of New York-based sales and production company FilmNation, and 20% of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (VREG), a U.S-based content development and production firm.
On Monday it revealed the complicated, exclusive, but non-binding terms of its next stage of negotiations with BGH. The finance company has agreed to offer up to A$2.40
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