Fears over the novel coronavirus have triggered mass quarantines, Purell and Clorox shortages and financial market turmoil. As global concerns continue to mount with the latest headlines – just today, it was reported that the head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was infected – cyber fraudsters and threat actors continue to seize on those fears.
In one of the latest examples, researchers at MalwareHunterTeam reportedly have exposed a phishing scam that pretends to offer coronavirus information from the World Health Organization, but in reality distributes the GuLoader malicious downloader, which in turn installs the FormBook information-stealing trojan.
The emails, best viewed via a browser, include statistics on the virus and encourage the recipient to view an attached file, MY-HEALTH.PDF, in order to view the “the simplest and fastest ways” to take of one’s health while ensuring the well-being of others, BleepingComputer reports. The reader is also falsely instructed to reach out to an attacker-controlled email address to supposedly contact the “Corona-virus Disease Grants/Donation board for a grant or donation application.”
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