Beware: COVID-19 Emails May Be Part of Phishing Campaigns
As public worries persist during this time of COVID-19, cybercriminals have been cashing in on the chaos by using the epidemic as a part of their ploy. Phishing campaigns, which use malicious emails or websites to steal personal information by posing as a trustworthy source, have actively surfaced amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. Inaccurate information regarding COVID-19 is being reported, including drug recommendations, cures, and updates that appear to come from the General-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus.
This COVID-19 phishing campaign reportedly contains an .exe file named “Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) CURE.exe”. The attached file within the email masks a keylogger, a form of destructive software that records every keystroke made on the infected computer’s keyboard and sends the information to the attacker. Once a user opens the phishing email and downloads the attached document, the file executes a series of commands that include shutting off security layers to steal the user’s personal information.
Keyloggers are an especially dangerous form of malware because they are almost impossible to detect and provide attackers with sensitive information stored on the user’s computer, including login credentials and other personal data.
- Be wary of unsolicited emails and avoid clicking on links and attachments.
Cybercriminals use sophisticated methods to make phishing emails appear legit and it can often be difficult to tell whether an email is trustworthy or malicious. Even if the email appears to be from a trusted source, be cautious of clicking on links and email attachments in unsolicited emails – especially if it relates to COVID-19.
- Update software.
Ensure that your anti-virus software and operating software are updated with the latest security updates.
- Go directly to a trusted source for COVID-19 information.
For information about COVID-19, including symptoms, resources, and more, it’s best to go directly to a reliable source to avoid receiving any false information. The best sources to visit for information include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.i le