Hackers Using Coronavirus Fears to Spread Malware

By |2020-03-20T23:48:03+00:00February 18th, 2020|

Hackers are launching email and web-based cyberattacks using the growing fears of the coronavirus as clickbait.

Security experts have discovered new malware campaigns that are offering the promise of everything from educational content on the coronavirus to conspiracy-theory cures that instead infect devices with the goal of causing damage or stealing data. The campaigns are using emails as well as websites with domain names related to the coronavirus for phishing attempts.

One phishing email attack uses the World Health Organization name to elicit trust from victims who unknowingly install the AgentTesla Keylogger when they click on the email attachment. The AgentTesla Keylogger can be used to record keystrokes and send the information to malicious actors who can then steal personal and financial information from victims.

The email and web-based cyberattacks come after worldwide concern for the coronavirus grows. The virus, which began in the epicenter of Wuhan, China, has spread to infect more than 60,000 people and led to more than 1,300 deaths. There have been 14 cases of the virus reported in the United States.