As coronavirus threatens to become a global empyrean, everyone is keen to know how it is spreading across the globe. The virus spread from Wuhan and is not going to stop. The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses named the virus as SARS-CoV-2. The full name of the Virus is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2. Many organizations have warned people to stay away from COVID-19. But now, hackers are using dashboards to spread malware into computers to steal people personal information.
A security researcher, Shai Alfasi, at Reason Labs, found that hackers are using coronavirus maps to steal the people’s personal informations. He said that the hackers can steal the user names, passwords, Mastercard numbers, and other info stored in the user’s browser.
Attackers have designed websites that are associated with the coronavirus information and they make people download an application so that the people will get updated with more information about coronavirus. But it is necessary for attackers that they should enter into the user’s computer through a malicious computer file and for that some third-party application must be installed on your computer. The malware containing websites uses genuine maps for tracking coronavirus but have a special URL.
Currently, malware is only affecting Windows machines. But Alfasi warns people that the attackers are also trying to figure out a replacement version which may also affect other systems. Alfasi found that the attackers used a malicious software named AZORult, which was first found in 2016. The aim of the software developed in 2016 was to steal data from the computer and infect it with other malware also.
It is very important to know all the information regarding coronavirus but you should only use verified sites to avoid getting hacked. Alfasi also urges the public to only go to the verified coronavirus related maps and must check the URL of a link before clicking on it. Cybersecurity experts revealed that since January around 4,000 coronavirus-related domains are registered to be ‘malicious’ or ‘suspicious’.
Check Point released a new report in which they said that the domains about the virus are 50 per cent more likely to be owned by cybercriminals. A security researcher at Check Point, Omer Dembinksy, told DailyMail.com that some fraud websites offering information about the coronavirus in order to receive personal information and payment of people.
There is a huge increase in malicious coronavirus websites over subsequent last few months. Dembinksy found that some malicious domains on the net are asking users to fill out their personal details or asking them for payment. He also said that the hackers are also sending emails insisting users to download a file that gives them more information about the virus and from this, the hacker gets a chance to access to the user’s computer.
Check Point also revealed that some malicious websites are using people’s fears about coronavirus to make a profit for themselves. One example of such site can be seen on net where a site claims that they are providing the best and fastest test for Coronavirus detection at a price of only 19,000 Russian rubles (about US$300).
Dembinksy urges people to use their senses while watching websites. If any website is offering something and you are not found it good or to be genuine or asking you to fill out your personal details or asking you for payments, then leave that site immediately, as it may be owned by hackers. So, when you will do a search for coronavirus, then click on the first few results, as they are well trusted.