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Cyber Attacks in the Era of COVID-19 and Possible Solution Domains

Version 1 : Received: 26 September 2020 / Approved: 26 September 2020 / Online: 26 September 2020 (12:47:42 CEST)

How to cite: Eian, I.C.; Yong, L.K.; Li, M..Y.X.; Qi, Y.H.; Z, F. Cyber Attacks in the Era of COVID-19 and Possible Solution Domains. Preprints 2020, 2020090630 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0630.v1). Eian, I.C.; Yong, L.K.; Li, M..Y.X.; Qi, Y.H.; Z, F. Cyber Attacks in the Era of COVID-19 and Possible Solution Domains. Preprints 2020, 2020090630 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0630.v1).

Abstract

In this COVID-19 pandemic, the use and dependency on Internet has grown exponentially. The number of people doing online activities such as e-learning, remote working, online shopping and others have increased. This has also led to increased vulnerability to cyber crimes. Cyber security attacks have become a serious problem. The common types of cyber security attacks are phishing, malware, ransomware, social engineering, identity theft and denial-of-service. The attackers target the victims in order to get their credential information or financial benefits. Those people who are doing online activities are vulnerable to cyber threats. This is because the network is not safe. The attackers are able to code according to the weaknesses of the Internet. Once the attackers hack into the devices, they have the root access and can do whatever they want to do with the device. In this research paper, the concept of cyber security attack and detailed research about real attacks are discussed. This is followed by detailed review about the recent cyber security attacks with a critical analysis. Moreover, the research paper will be proposing the latest research contribution of cyber security during COVID-19 and the implementation scenario which will give the examples about how the companies maintain privacy as well as the limitations. Then, the paper will be discussing the reasons that people are vulnerable to cyber security and the unique solution to the problems stated. Finally, this paper will conclude with an in-depth analysis and future direction for cyber security research.

Subject Areas

Cyber security; cyber attacks; Covid-19; attack vulnerabilities

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