COVID-19 Scams & Free Security Awareness Training

COVID-19 Scams & Free Security Awareness Training

We’d like to thank Miriam Harris of Oracle Business Accountants for passing the information regarding the scam onto us.

COVID-19 Text Message Scam

The Australian Government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre(ACSC) is aware of a COVID-19 themed scam is currently being distributed via mobile text messages.

Like the above image, the text message appears to come from a ‘GOV’ sender and includes a hyperlink prompting you to find out where to ‘get tested in your geographical area’ for COVID-19 symptoms.

The link in these messages is not legitimate. If clicked on, malicious software may be installed on your device, designed to obtain your banking details.

Fake COVID-19 Website

Additionally, researchers at Malwarebytes have discovered a malicious program embedded into a website. claims to provide an up-to-date coronavirus map similar to a legitimate graphic provided by John Hopkins University.

However, this map is embedded with malware, designed to obtain usernames, passwords and credit card numbers saved in your browser cache.

Cyber criminals are directing traffic towards the virtual map through email attachments, online advertising, social engineering and software vulnerabilities.

What can you do?

  • If you receive one of these messages, delete the message and do not click on the link.
  • If you have received one of these messages and clicked the link, or you’re concerned your personal or banking details have been compromised, contact your financial institution immediately.
  • Do not click on links, attachments or meeting invitations from people or organisations you do not know.
    If you’re not 100% sure, don’t click on the link.
  • Hover over links or email attachments to read the underlying URL. If it is not an address you recognise or trust, do not open any attachments or click the link.
  • If you have suffered financial loss from cyber crime, report it to ReportCyber:

Now some good news:
We’d like to thank Robert de Haan and Graham Wittke from Layer 8 Security for offering a FREE “Working remotely” security awareness training course for your staff.

Here’s a link to the sample of the course is at:

To assist organisations to address the potential risk of staff working from home, Layer 8 Security are offering a FREE “Working remotely” on line security course to anyone who wants it. Please feel free to pass this on to your colleagues.

It is provided on either a SCORM format for companies to run for their staff on their own learning management system (LMS) or they can provide the course on their LMS for those that don’t have one.
If you wish to use Layer 8’s LMS, there is a minimal cost of $1ex GST per user to cover their set up costs. If you’d like to get in contact with Robert or Graham, please reply to this email and I’ll put you in direct contact with them.

This is aimed to assist companies and their staff to stay secure, even when required to work from home.

Also, Layer 8 Security has now developed the VIRTUAL Cyber Escape Room, with “Can you HACK IT” and “Pirates of the Internet” now available on any computing device, computer, tablet or mobile phone, to be undertaken by staff at home, to increase their cyber knowledge in a Gamified format. Now it can be fun to learn.

Layer 8 Security can run all of your security awareness requirements, 3rd party Vendor assessments, Baseline, Simulated Social Engineering, training and assessments remotely via the internet. The current pandemic is not having any impact on our ability to provide our services as we established the company based on a remote working philosophy.

Layer 8 Security post a lot of useful security related content on their LinkedIn page. We encourage all employees follow them.

We will be regularly posting updates like this to our website and LinkedIn. You can follow us on LinkedIn.

Please stay healthy, safe and vigilant.

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