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Hackers are Using Coronavirus Maps to Spread Malware

Hackers are Using Coronavirus Maps to Spread Malware

Coronavirus outbreak dashboards like this one, created by John Hopkins University have become a much useful way to keep track of how the deadly virus is spreading across the globe. But hackers are creating fake coronavirus maps to infect users with malware.


Security researcher Shai Alfasi at Reason Labs discovered that hackers have started using fake coronavirus dashboards to scrape user data, including user names, passwords, credit card numbers and other tender information that is stored in the users’ browser, according to a blog post.

For example, a fake map that used an almost same graphical interface as the John Hopkins one hid an executable program that created new files in the target’s temporary files folders.

Data Thief

The malware keeps itself alive as it cleans through users’ files using Windows’ Task Scheduler feature. The method is not only capable of stealing your data it can infect it with a group of other malware as well.

As the coronavirus continues to spread and more apps and technologies are developed to monitor it, we will likely be seeing an increase in corona malware and corona malware variants well into the foreseeable future. 

Content created and supplied by: Adamzey (via Opera News )

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