As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the world, authorities have seen a simultaneous outbreak of opportunistic cyber scams.
The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, issued a warning earlier this month about online fraud having to do with Covid-19.
“Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes,” it said. “Exercise caution in handling any email with a Covid-19-related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink, and be wary of social media pleas, texts, or calls related to Covid-19.”
Digital Shadows, a cyber threat intelligence firm with offices in the US, UK, and Singapore, has been monitoring the dark web forums where cybercriminals buy, sell, and trade ideas. Researchers discovered one user on a Russian-language site offering malware that would be installed on victims’ computers via an email attachment mimicking a map of the coronavirus’s spread from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Prices started at $200.
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