The world is currently ravaged by the novel coronavirus which has so far affected 82,410 persons in 50 countries with a death toll of 2,808 as at 27 th February 2020, and code-named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 th February 2020. Research findings indicate that due to the contagious nature of the virus, there is so much anxiety over its spread and mode of infection. As the world awaits a possible cure or a remedy to curb the spread of COVID-19, every online information that makes direct or indirect reference to the word “coronavirus” tends to attract fast attention of internet users. As a result, cybercriminals are exploiting the fear and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak to distribute malicious software with the motive of stealing confidential data, disrupting digital operations and making illicit ransom money from an outbreak that has been declared a global health emergency by the WHO. Does the coronavirus outbreak have any significant impact on user privacy and computer security? This paper reviews the cyber security effects of the coronavirus panic on digital systems and the cyberspace. The paper makes recommendations for safer internet usage and privacy protection in the face of rising coronavirus-related online scams.


K Okereafor, O Adebola – Int J IT Eng, 2020