Hackers in the wild are taking advantage of the recent outbreak of the Corona pandemic to meet their intruding intentions.
You must be receiving a lot of messages over the internet and every digital platform regarding ways to prevent and cure the Corona virus.
Good samaritans all over the world are surely spreading awareness mails to save your life.
But you can never be sure.
Virus can be of any type medical, digital or even human.
Hackers around the world are taking advantage of the biological emergency facing planet earth to meet their evil ends by sending phishing e-mails masquerading as medical messages meant to help the Corona victims.
The emails often read "Offer information on how to defend against the real-world virus" as reported by Bleeping Computer, which accredited the campaign to Emotet.
According to them, spammers are sending out bulk emails stuffed with malware under the disguise of health help to target computers around the globe in order to strike gold in the present situation of global fear and helplessness.
These emails are designed as official notifications from public health centers and are attached with declarations on details of safety and cure measures against Corona borne maladies.
There is a large number of such infected email campaigns as tracked by cyber security agencies flooding the internet all cajoling the user to click and open spyware mail links to corrupt their systems.
The subjects of the emails including their document filenames are similar. They are written with different modifications of the current dates and the Japanese translation for the word 'notification' to indicate the emergency of opening the mail.
Kaspersky technologies too have discovered the syndrome of phishing files in the disguise of medicinal help in the name of Corona.
The files about Corona virus were marked pdf, mp4 and Docx. The names of files indicated that they were comprised of video instructions on protection rules from the virus, news updates on the threat and even detection process of the virus, though falsely.
On the contrary these files contained a host of threats from Trojans to worms which could be destroying, blocking, modifying or copying data and interrupting the operation of computers or computer networks.
"The corona virus, which is being widely discussed as a major news story, has already been used as bait by cybercriminals," said Anton Ivanov, Kaspersky malware analyst.
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