Cybercriminals are posing as delivery companies and pretending to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to trick potential victims into opening malicious emails attachments or revealing credentials on phishing websites.

Spam and phishing schemes that use postal- and shipping-themed lures are nothing new, but the coronavirus outbreak allows attackers to put a fresh, new and urgent spin on their malicious messaging, Kaspersky analyst Tatyana Shcherbakova explained in a blog post.

"Against the backdrop of the pandemic and the large number of genuine package delays, fake sites and e-mails have a good chance of success, especially if you really are expecting a package or if, say, shipment details were sent to your work e-mail and you have reason to think that a colleague might have placed the order," Shcherbakova wrote.

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