Fake Corona Virus Maps Spreading Malware

map of covid cases

There are currently several fake Corona Virus map links circulating that can install malware on your computer. The image above is an example of one of the malicious applications.

As always, please avoid clicking on unknown links or attachments in email, in particular when they are related to topical news items like the Corona Virus.

Some details of the threat:

A website circulating the internet is pretending to be a live map from Johns Hopkins University tracking coronavirus cases around the world, but experts say it is actually infecting computers with malware.
According to the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the website delivers a program known as the AZORult trojan, which can steal sensitive information from users. Experts say the malware is likely being spread through infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and unintentional navigation during simple internet searches for a coronavirus map.
HC3 says that cybersecurity researchers analyzed a sample of the malware deployed by “corona-virus-map.com” and it came back with anti-virus detection of 76 percent and an extremely malicious threat score of 100/100.

Courtesy of WFXR and Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3)

For real information on Covid-19, please refer to the official CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

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