Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis on Cyber Security

By: Sonny Zulhuda

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Threats: Protecting Your Business

This post is about a keynote I delivered in an International Webinar organized by Faculty of Law, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surabaya. The Webinar went well, attended by a crowd of around 100 Zoomizens (yes, it was on Zoom application).

Even though the theme of this international web seminar was the implications of Covid-19 pandemic crisis over cyber security, other speakers did speak about a wide array of legal topics including the implication on employment law, emergency law, criminal law as well as public international law.

In my presentation, I first highlighted the development of the pandemic in Malaysia including the legal basis of Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia. Next, I observed and assessed the ensuing implications including Policy Implications; Social Implication; and Cyber Security Implication

The social implication includes the following:

  • Lesser people on the road and the flocking of people in the cyberspace makes it more attractive hunting ground for cybercriminals.
  • More online shopping and online selling, so a better chance to hide their illegitimate and fraudulent transactions by picking popular items such as face masks, sanitizers, vaccines, etc.
  • More activities on social media makes it a perfect platform for launching phishing attacks.
  • Making use of emotions and curiosity on what is going on, easy to entice attention: e.g. infection data, patients’ personalities, donation drive.

The policy concerns that emerge are: Continue reading “Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis on Cyber Security”