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Threat actors play on people’s desire to help cure Coronavirus

Much like the new cases of COVID-19 that occur daily, cybercriminals are constantly rolling out new tactics, techniques and procedures based on the pandemic. One of the newer attacks, first observed on March 7, uses a Coronavirus themed email to spread RedLine Stealer malware. This is described as a particularly well designed, written and developed…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Foreign APT groups use coronavirus phishing lures to drop RAT malware

Each day, as the novel coronavirus multiplies and spreads, so do cyber scams capitalizing on users’ fears and thirst for knowledge concerning this pandemic. The perpetrators, and their victims, are based all over the world, as evidenced by two recently discovered global APT-style campaigns designed to spread remote access trojans. Fake Indian Health Advisory spreads…
HHS CISO talks new threat briefings, alerts for health industry
Coronavirus, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

HHS attack amid coronavirus scare slows systems

As the U.S. ramped up its response to the coronavirus pandemic, a cyberattack on the Health and Human Services (HHS) Sunday night aimed to slow down the agency’s computer systems. The initiative didn’t make much of an impact. “Luckily it slowed, but didn’t break or compromise anything,” said Marty Puranik, CEO of Atlantic.Net. The attack…
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…
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…
Coronavirus, Security News

Two RSA attendees contract Coronavirus

Two Exabeam employees who attended the RSA Conference 2020 have been diagnosed with Coronavirus last month. Bloomberg is reporting that one of the workers is 45-years-old engineer who returned home to Connecticut on February 28 and became ill. He was hospitalized and has since been placed in a medically induced coma and is on a…
Coronavirus, Executive Insight, Opinion

Coronavirus impact. When flexible working is the new normal

‘Tis the season of coughs and sneezes… that spread diseases. If you have to spend time on a train carriage full of people blowing into handkerchiefs, chances are you are going to get the same bug. You may then prefer to work from home for a few days to spare runny noses and headaches to…
Malware, Phishing, Security News

Don’t get fooled again: Fake coronavirus emails impersonate the WHO to deliver FormBook trojan

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…
Government/Defense, In Depth, Phishing, Security News

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…
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