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Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Malicious coronavirus map hides AZORult info-stealing malware

Cyberattackers continue to seize on the dire need for information surrounding the novel coronavirus. In one of the latest examples, adversaries have created a weaponized coronavirus map app that infects victims with a variant of the information-stealing AZORult malware. The malicious online map, found at www.Corona-Virus-Map[.]com, appears very polished and convincing, showing an image of…
Malware, Security News

Updated Azorult malware for sale on the Dark Web

A new and improved version of the info stealer and malware downloader Azorult was spotted being distributed by the RIG exploit kit. Check Point researchers report the malware has been heavily upgraded, version 3.3 as labeled by its creators, and has been available for sale on the Dark Web since early October. The fact that…
Coronavirus, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Spyware disguised as COVID-19 tracker app actually keeps track of users

Another malicious actor has weaponized an otherwise legitimate, interactive coronavirus tracking map created by Johns Hopkins University — this time to deliver Android spyware as part of a campaign that originates out of Libya and seemingly targets individuals within that country. The surveillanceware, known as SpyMax, comes packaged in a trojanized application named “corona live…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

Password found to rescue victims of malicious COVID-19 tracker app

Members of the IT and cybersecurity communities have successfully obtained a password key for victims of CovidLock Android ransomware, which comes disguised as an app that supposedly helps track cases of the coronavirus, but actually locks users’ phones and demands a ransom in order to restore access. The unlock token has been verified as 4865083501.…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Russian cybercrime forums seen selling malware-sabotaged COVID-19 map

The recently discovered weaponized coronavirus map found to infect victims with a variant of the information-stealing AZORult malware has been sold online by Russian language cybercrime forums, according to a new report. Security expert Brian Krebs states in a blog post published this week that the live, interactive map dashboard was part of an infection…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

Coronavirus tracking app locks up Android phones for ransom

A malicious Android app that supposedly helps track cases of the coronavirus actually locks users’ phones and demands a ransom in order to restore access. (Note: a password key has since been published. See follow-up story here.) Dubbed CovidLock, the newly discovered ransomware performs a screen-lock attack by forcing a change in the password required…
Cybercrime, In Depth, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Phishing emails lure victims with news of coronavirus’ impact on shipping

Looking to capitalize on the current coronavirus scare, malware distributors have launched a new phishing campaign that targets global companies with emails that suggest that virus could disrupt shipping operations. According to a Feb. 10 research blog post authored by Sherrod DeGrippo, senior director of threat research and detection at Proofpoint, the malicious actors have…
Cybercrime, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Cybercriminals abuse Bitbucket to infect users with potpourri of malware

A newly discovered attack campaign has been abusing the online storage platform Bitbucket to maintain and update a wide assortment of malware, in a plot to infect computer users who download free, cracked versions of commercial software from the internet. Researchers at Cybereason’s Nocturnus team, who uncovered the threat, estimate that more than 500,000 machines…
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