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Coronavirus-themed attacks April 19 – April 25, 2020

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This post includes the details of the Coronavirus-themed attacks launched from April 19 to April 25, 2020.

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Threat actors exploit the interest in the Coronavirus outbreak while infections increase worldwide, experts are observing new campaigns on a daily bases.

Below a list of attacks detected this week.

April 19 – Cyberattack reports quadrupled during Coronavirus outbreak, FBI warns

The FBI announced that the number of cybercrime reports is spiked since the beginning of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

April 19 – Tor Project cut a third of its staff due to the Coronavirus

The Tor Project cut a third of its staff due to the economic impact of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, 13 staffers out of 35 left the team.

April 20 – US Government concerned by cyber attacks on Czech hospitals during COVID19 crisis

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed concerns for cyber cyber attacks that have targeted Czech hospitals involved in the fight against the COVID-19.

April 22 – COVID-19 – Neo-Nazis spread a list of credentials for Gates Foundation, NIH, and WHO employees

Nearly 25,000 email credentials allegedly from NIH, WHO, Gates Foundation and other organizations involved in the containment of COVID-19 pandemic are dumped online

April 23 – State-sponsored hackers are using COVID-19 lures, Google warns

Google warns that nation-backed hackers are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to organizations involved in the fight against the pandemic.

April 23 – Vietnam-linked APT32 group launches COVID-19-themed attacks against China

The Vietnam-linked cyberespionage group tracked as APT32 carried out hacking campaigns against Chinese entities to collect intelligence on the COVID-19 crisis.

April 25 – Zscaler saw 30,000% increase in Coronavirus-themed attacks

Researchers at Zscaler observed an increase of 30,000% in COVID19-themed attacks in March when compared to the beginning of 2020.

April 25 – Bad actor sells Huiying Medical Technology’s source code for AI-assisted COVID-19 detection

Experts from Cyble identified a threat actor attempting to sell Huiying Medical Technology’s source code for AI-assisted COVID-19 detection and experimental data.

If you are interested in COVID19-themed attacks from February 1 give a look at the following posts:



Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – Facebook, hacking)

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