Security researchers warn of
malspam campaigns aimed at spreading malware that exploits media attention on the coronavirus epidemic.
Unscrupulous cybercriminal groups are attempting to exploit media attention on the
In this scenario, it is quite easy for crooks to use this topic to trick victims into opening
Cybercrime groups who have already started
Mindful of what has happened in the p I have immediately alerted the group of researchers from Cybaze-Yoroi Z-Lab malware laboratory asking them to remain vigilant on any spam campaigns aimed at distributing malicious codes by spreading bait documents that p information about the coronavirus.
While media were confirming the first cases of coronavirus infections, the researchers of Cybaze-Yoroi Z-Lab observed the bait spam emails promising info on the virus, the messages were used to spread of versions of the well-known Emotet malware.
Researchers from Z-Lab confirmed that at the time of their analysis, attackers were using specially-crafted messages to lure victims into opening
According to security firm Kaspersky, attackers are using several types of malicious files, including pdf, mp4 and
The bait documents are used to deliver several types of malware, including banking Trojans, ransomware and worms.
“We have only observed 10 unique
Security experts from IBM X-Force
“X-Force discovered the first campaign of this type, in which the outbreak of a biological virus is used as a means to distribute a computer virus. What makes these attacks rather special, is the fact that they deliver the Emotet trojan, which has shown increased activity recently.” reads the analysis published by IBM. “It achieves this by urging its victims into opening an attached Word document, described as a supposed notice regarding infection prevention measures.”
IBM confirmed that crooks were exploiting the interest on
“The report published by Kaspersky includes signatures collected by its telemetry, come of them confirm the presence of different possible active campaigns delivering other families of malware. Kaspersky researchers have identified only ten unique files, as reported by the malware analyst Anton Ivanov, but obviously this is an indication that several actors are exploiting the attention on the coronavirus topic, and the trend could grow up in the next hours.”
The text of the messages states that there have been reports of
tsusho/ facility related disability welfare service providerWebecome indebted to .Patients were reported about the new type of coronavirus-related pneumonia, mainly in Takeshi, China .In Japan, patients are being reported in Osaka Prefecture ,Along with the anticipated increase in the number of visitors to Japan, a separate notice has been issued .Therefore, please check the attached notice," reads the content of the email.
Following a consolidated infection pattern, once the document has been opened, the user displays the request to enable the macros to view its contents. Unfortunately, by enabling macros, the machine infection process starts, a
“After running the document through a sandbox, we could retrace the infection process. If the attachment of sample 3 has been opened with macros enabled, an obfuscated VBA macro script opens
What will happen in the next few weeks?
In the next weeks, a growing number of threat actors will exploit the
- Do not open suspicious links inviting you to view
coronavirusinformation. These links can be spread through email, instant messaging app messages such as WhatsApp, and also social networks. Always search for coronavirusinformation from reliable and legitimate sources, ignore any unsolicited messages, even if they come from people you trust.
- Keep your software systems up to date, and use a reliable security solutions
onyour desktop and mobile systems.
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