Hackers Using Coronavirus To Send Malware E-mails

As the Coronavirus is spreading its deadliness globally hackers have taken it to their effect. Hackers from around the world are using this situation to land malware in your systems and mobiles through e-mails.

As per reports from Hindustan Times emails in the guise of official notifications from public health centers are being sent by the hackers. Along with mail attachments that promise more details on preventive measures against the virus are sent. These contain malware that gets into the system as soon as you open the mail and download attachments.

Net protection provider Kaspersky has detected multiple such e-mail campaigns. First major malware campaign was detected by IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence. Victims were targeted with coronavirus infection reports in various Japanese prefectures including Gifu, Osaka, and Tottori.

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Mails are disguised as official notification from public health centers. While the attachments are disguised as Microsoft Word docs and contain malicious payloads linked to the infamous Emotet malware family. This particular malware can harvest user credentials, browser history, and sensitive documents.


The mails carry a range of threats, “including Trojans and worms that are capable of destroying, blocking, modifying or copying data, as well as interfering with the operation of computers or computer networks.

Also Read: Google Launches SOS Alert For Coronavirus

Coronavirus has been recently declared ‘health emergency’ by WHO and has so far caused over 200 deaths globally. Over 8,000 are reported to be affected by it.

Inputs Hindustan Times

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