Coronavirus effect

Cyber Security researchers recently warned about the mysterious coronavirus malware spreading in the network. When the world was worrying about the deadly ‘coronavirus’, cybercriminals, on the other side took advantage of the public fear to spread malware.

Hackers started to deploy malicious files on target systems in the guise of providing information about coronavirus. The researchers from Kaspersky (Cyber Security Firm) have detected such malicious files disguised as ‘pdf’,’mp4’ and ‘docx’ files providing information and safety tips about the virus.

People are well aware of their health and hackers are also conscious of this fact. By designing fake files containing video instruction about” how to stay safe from coronavirus”, hackers pave their way to a network.

Now, these malicious files contain a range of threats from Torjans to worms. These threats are capable of destroying, copying, modifying or blocking sensitive data as well as interfering with the operation of computers or networks.

Kaspersky experts detect "coronavirus" related malicious files with the following detection names:

  • • Worm.VBS.Dinihou.r,
  • • Worm.Python.Agent.c,
  • • UDS:DangerousObject.Multi.Generic,
  • •,
  • • Trojan.WinLNK.Agent.ew
  • • HEUR:Trojan.WinLNK.Agent.gen,
  • • HEUR:Trojan.PDF.Badur.b

World Health Organization (WHO) has declared “The Novel Coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency after the death toll in China increased to 213 on Friday, with 9,692 confirmed in the country's 31 provincial-level regions.”

About 100 cases have been reported from 18 countries outside China till now. Globally the total number of confirmed cases increased up to 31,161 (08.02.2020).

Cybersecurity experts till now found 10 unique files used by cyber criminals to deploy threats. As the topic is now on the front page of every newspaper so the number of fake files may increase gradually. Anton Ivanov (Kaspersky malware analyst ) said in a statement, “The coronavirus, which is being widely discussed as a major news story, has already been used as bait by cybercriminals. So far, we have seen only 10 unique files, but as this sort of activity often happen with popular media topics, then we expect that this tendency may grow”.

To stay safe from falling in the trap people should avoid clicking suspicious links promising exclusive content. There are many official trustworthy sites with proper information one can get the needed data from there. Like, WHO has listed information about “how coronavirus spreads” and also provides necessary measures to prevent this.

Note: Never open any document or video containing either ‘.exe’ or ‘.Ink’ format.

Cybercrimes are increasing gradually with new techniques and ideas. Everyone should be aware of the regular updates regarding cyber threats and possible measures to avoid them. To keep your company safe from such malicious attacks, always consult with expert Cyber Security Consultancies.

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