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Coronavirus sparks phishing, disinformation, tabletop exercises and handwashing

It’s hard to tell who’s benefitting most from the coronavirus – Russia, hackers or hand sanitizer vendors, the latter of whom are at least trying to help stop the spread of the dangerous disease. A State Department official told Congress Thursday that Russian operatives are behind coronavirus conspiracy theories popping up on social media while…

SC Podcast: RSA, coronavirus and cybersecurity…

This year, the coronavirus joined hippies, counterculture figures and hip tech geniuses who have made the trek to San Francisco for enlightenment, music and to share ideas. Actually, the coronavirus itself didn’t surface during RSA, but it certainly was the talk of the town. In this podcast Cymatic Chief Security and Trust Officer Malcolm Harkins…

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…

Laptop containing patient data goes missing from Mississippi hospital

Hackers play on Coronavirus fears to spread Emotet

Cybercriminals are exploiting fears over the outbreak of Coronavirus in China, sending out emails with malicious Word attachments purportedly providing updates on preventing infection but in actuality delivering the Emotet trojan. “Patients were reported about the new type of coronavirus-related pneumonia, mainly in Takeshi, China. Patients have been reported in Gifu Prefecture in Japan,Therefore, please…

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