A good part of France is teleworking, which leads to an increase in malicious acts on the net. The Public Action Interest Group against cybercrime has detailed with us the best practices to adopt.

Since Tuesday noon – and before for the more cautious – France has been almost stopped. Almost complete containment of the population is now in place to combat the accelerated transmission of the new SARS-CoV-2 virus (Covid-19). Citizens are invited to present a paper certificate to the police if they have to set foot outside, at the risk of having to pay a fine of € 135, as provided for in the decree published in the Official Journal of this Wednesday March 18. Those who can are therefore forced to telecommute, and the government reminds, via the Public Interest Action Group against cybercrime (GIP ACYMA), that this practice, which is still not very popular in France, is not without risk.

Safe telecommuting

Are we more vulnerable when we are teleworking than at the office? Joined by the Digital editors , Jérôme Notin, director general of GIP ACYMA, reminds that the company must provide the employee with a professional machine, preprogrammed for this purpose, and not let him use a personal machine. “In the most catastrophic cases, we can face ransomware (ransomware) which spreads to all the equipment of the company through the personal machine of the collaborator” , he explains.

In all cases, the new teleworker is invited to adopt the right actions to guard against possible acts of cybercrime. “The first thing to do is to update your machine , explains Jérôme Notin. For Internet connections, it’s just a VPN to encrypt the flow between your machine and the corporate network. ” For the rest, there are no additional measures to apply at the hardware level, and we invite you to consult the article posted online by GIP ACYMA .

No ethics in cyberbullying

Don’t expect cybercriminals to be ethical, it also says. They contextualize their attacks, as is the case with every news event. “We have been on standby for several days already. We have seen an explosion of phishing attempts, and the keywords coronavirus and Covid-19 have been used very frequently since the beginning of the week ” . Among the scams already uncovered online by Cybermalveillance.gouv and other organizations, there are fake downloads of certificates or fake sites dedicated to the sale of masks.

The other recommendations apply to classic phishing classics, such as receiving messages (e-mail, SMS, chat, etc.) or telephone calls of unknown origin. GIP ACYMA also encourages you to download your applications only from the publishers’ official sites or stores, or to check the reliability and reputation of the sites you visit.

Be careful with calls for donations and prize pools

With each dramatic event of magnitude – think of the fires in Australia or that of Notre-Dame -, the calls for donations follow one another and the online prize pools germinate quickly. Here too, caution is advised, the GIP ACYMA explaining that many calls for donations relating to the coronavirus will not fail to be launched. Jérôme Notin explains that malicious people play on our emotional fiber with great blows of pathos  : “During the Notre-Dame de Paris episode, dozens and dozens of fake prize pools were created, and it took a long mobilization of our services to bring down these sites. ”

For those who wish to make a donation, whatever the reason, Cybermalveillance.gouv advises to rely only on pools and campaigns organized by official organizations. On the Internet, preference is also given to sites dedicated to these collections (Leetchi, Le Pot Commun, etc.), whose staff are trained to identify scams, rather than campaigns powered by social networks.