When people were unsettled or felt threatened, they would be particularly wide spread. In extreme cases, such false reports not only lead to more fear and panic, but also damage health – for example with misleading tips on preventing or treating an infection, the social media warned. Everyone is therefore required to critically question information before passing it on to friends.
There Is A Flourishing Fake News Industry
If information addresses concerns, wishes, beliefs, then people particularly are at risk of believing and sharing it. In addition, impulsive and spontaneous people are at greater risk of spreading false reports on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Because a quick click is enough. In general, there are actors who spread false commercial reports and thus make money online. There is a flourishing fake news industry and the need to act legally and to ban corresponding sites.
Corona Crisis Spreads Fake News To Damage Cyber Security
The corona pandemic has generated a variety of fake news on social media through hackers. In principle, there is always false information. But if people were unsettled or felt threatened, they would be particularly widespread. In extreme cases, such false reports not only lead to more fear and panic, but also damage the cyber security. Everyone is therefore required to critically question information before passing it on to friends. Since January we have been seeing that both cyber criminals and state sponsored spy campaigns are using the subject of Covid-19 as phishing emails. Phishing attacks are carried out by email attachments, the opening of which triggers the downloading of malware that can be used by attackers to gain access to a computer or even entire company networks, and another variant tries to lure users to fake websites where user names and passwords should be entered The current insecurity and high information needs of many people regarding the new corona virus promise simple attacks like this one, but no new attack campaigns have yet been exposed.