You’re outraged — and that makes you vulnerable online

You’re mad. You want to do something. Just be sure your emotions don’t lead you to blindly click links, make donations or trust companies you’ve never heard of.

When the news is bad, scary and outrage inducing, like yesterday’s Supreme Court leak that calls into question the reproductive rights of Americans, online criminals have you right where they want you.

We saw it when COVID hit: As people were coping with the high anxiety of the early COVID-19 pandemic, scammers sent phishing emails claiming to be urgent advisories from the government, messages that the vaccine was available when it wasn’t, or fake exposure alerts.

“There’s been a huge increase in COVID-19 phishing emails in the past couple of weeks,” said Connor Swalm, former cofounder of Anchor Security, a Newark, Delaware-based cybersecurity firm that specializes in phishing, in late March 2020. “They can be much more effective than other phishing scams, and the people most…

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