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Coronavirus Malware Exploits Global COVID-19 Fears to Infect Devices & Steal Data
The world is in the grip of fear over COVID-19 and coronavirus malware is following suit, infecting devices and stealing data from people looking for information on the pandemic.
An advanced persistent threat (APT) is believed to be behind the March 2020 targeted attack dubbed 'Vicious Panda' that was also spreading coronavirus malware. The 'Vicious Panda' attack used phishing emails targeted at Mongolian government institutions. The emails came with RTF file attachments that allegedly contained important information about coronavirus. The payload contained in the malicious RTF attachments was a version of the RoyalRoad malware tool. Often associated with Chinese threat actors, the tool makes use of equation editor vulnerabilities in MS Word.
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The best way home users can stay safe and protect their systems from coronavirus malware is to only download files from trusted sites, never click on any unsolicited links and double-check the address bar of their browser to see if the URL is spelled correctly and points to what they expect.
With real-world COVID-19 cases starting to grow exponentially in a number of new countries, computer users should expect hackers to continue taking advantage of this global health crisis.