FinCEN Issues Advisory on Cybercrime and Cyber-Enabled Crime Exploiting the COVID-19 Pandemic
July 30th | 2020
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently published an advisory focusing on cybercrime and cyber-enabled crime observed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The advisory is intended to aid financial institutions in detecting, preventing, and reporting potential COVID-19-related criminal activity based on FinCEN’s analysis of COVID-19-related information obtained from Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) data, open source reporting, and law enforcement partners.
The advisory list twenty red flags spanning the following categories:
Exploitation of remote platform and identity processes, where criminals exploit vulnerabilities in remote applications and virtual environments to steal sensitive information, compromise financial activity, and disrupt business operations;
Phishing, malware, and extortion scams appearing to come from legitimate sources; and
Business email compromise (BEC) schemes, where criminals insert themselves into communications by impersonating a critical player in a business relationship or transaction.
Financial firms should regularly visit FinCEN’s COVID-19 website to help enhance their efforts to detect, prevent, and report suspected illicit activity.