For Immediate Release
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Rowan County will close its tennis courts at Dan Nicholas Park and Ellis Park beginning April 8, 2020 at 5:00 PM after recommendation from US Tennis Association.
US Tennis Association (USTA) shared, “Although there are no specific studies on tennis and COVID-19, medical advisors believe there is the possibility that the virus responsible for COVID-19 could be transmitted through common sharing and handling of tennis balls, gate handles, benches, net posts and even court surfaces.
As a result of this, the USTA asks that as tennis players we need to be patient in our return to the courts and consider how our decisions will not only affect ourselves, but how our decisions can impact our broader communities. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to stay active and healthy with at-home exercise and creative “tennis-at-home” variations.” Ideas for “tennis-at-home” can be found on Net Generation USTA’s website.
National security agencies are seeing a growing use of COVID-19-related themes by malicious cyber actors. At the same time, the surge in teleworking has increased the use of potentially vulnerable services, such as virtual private networks (VPNs), amplifying threats to individuals and organizations such as:
Phishing scams involve fraudulent emails claiming to be from reputable companies to entice individuals to reveal personal information. National security agencies have observed a large volume of phishing campaigns with subject lines like:
These emails or text messages contain a call to action, encouraging the victim to visit a website that malicious cyber actors use for stealing valuable data, such as usernames and passwords, credit card information, and other personal information.
There has been an increase in COVID-19-related phishing to steal user credentials. If the user clicks on the hyperlink, a spoofed login webpage appears that includes a password entry form. If the victim enters their password on the spoofed page, the attackers will be able to access the victim’s online accounts, such as their email inbox. This access can then be used to acquire personal or sensitive information, or to send phishing emails using the victim’s address book.
Many citizens are working remotely during this time. Malicious cybercriminals are taking advantage by exploiting a variety of publicly known vulnerabilities in VPNs and other remote working tools and software. Attackers have been able to hijack teleconferences and online classrooms that have been set up without security controls (e.g., passwords) or with unpatched versions of the communications platform software. Requiring passwords and closely monitoring participant lists can help reduce chances of attack.
The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSE) suspicious email guidance explains what to do if you’ve already clicked on a potentially malicious email, attachment, or link. It provides advice on who to contact if your account or device has been compromised and some of the mitigation steps you can take, such as changing your passwords. It also offers NCSC’s top tips for spotting a phishing email:
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