A few days ago, a friend in Singapore sent me a link to a new app called contact tracing made by the Singaporean Government.
Early in the outbreak, we used to have a few discussions about containment strategy. One of the most critical questions is to quickly find who and where to quickly identify suspect cases. It is conducted by a person called a disease detective. This process is very time-consuming and error-proning during an investigation. The app is hoped to automate this process and reduce human friction to track disease faster.
The technology promises a new dawn of information technology when your safety and privacy is driven by algorithms controlled by authorities. It is hard to say about how this surveillance system is going to be involved.
On the other hand, if your data is in the hands of private sectors, it is very likely to be abused by bad people. On March 21st, the US Department of Justice plans to conduct investigation and prosecution related to coronavirus. The public is urged to report cybercrimes like scame, fraud, malware, ransomware.
Scam and Fraud
- Fake cures, supplements, or vaccines are sold.
- Phishing emails using names of the WHO or CDC.
- Coronavirus related health information apps and websites gain access to your devices until payment is received.
- Donation fraudility for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organization.
- Fraudulent bill for other tests and procedures on behalf of CoViD-19 testing.
- Ransomware: Take an advantage of your phone. Lock it and request money for unlocking your phone.
- Malware: harmful programs installed in your computer or the device. It includes:
- Trojan horses