Phishing Actors Are Already Exploiting the Omicron COVID-19 Variant

As you might already know a new covid variant called Omicron has recently started spreading.

On 26 November 2021, WHO designated the variant B.1.1.529 a variant of concern, named Omicron, on the advice of WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE).  This decision was based on the evidence presented to the TAG-VE that Omicron has several mutations that may have an impact on how it behaves, for example, on how easily it spreads or the severity of illness it causes. Here is a summary of what is currently known.

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The Omicron is concerning because of its high transmissibility and the possible ineffectiveness of current vaccines against its alterations.

What Is Happening?

The appearance of the Omicron COVID-19 variant was rapidly exploited by phishing actors, who now utilize it as bait in their malicious email operations. Malicious actors are fast to adapt to the newest trends and popular issues, and instilling fear in individuals is a fantastic technique to get them to open an email without thinking it through.

As BleepingComputer reports, the consumer protection organization ‘Which?’ in the United Kingdom revealed examples of new phishing emails purporting to be from the National Health Service (NHS) warning about the new Omicron version.

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