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#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Cyber scams connected to COVID-19 are on the rise


There are rising cases of coronavirus-associated scams in domain names, spam, phishing attacks, and malware attacks, SophosLabs has said. The cybersecurity company revealed this while monitoring threats in the use of COVID-19.

The recent report from SophosLabs Uncut revealed that the volume of COVID-19 email scams had almost tripled in the past week. Having his say on the development, Sophos Principal Research Scientist, Chester Wisniewski disclosed that the cybercriminals that launched a herbal Viagra scam had introduced an identical one using chloroquine.

His words, “Cybercriminals are wasting no time in shifting their dirty, tried and true attack campaigns toward advantageous lures that prey on mounting virus fears. It’s easy to see, for example, that the attackers behind a new chloroquine scam are the same as those behind a recent herbal Viagra scam.”

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“Similar to the A/B testing of advertisements and web pages, criminals often dip a toe in the water when there is a new or sensational topic in the news. If the new topic proves a more effective lure than the previous scam bait, they begin switching to new lures. In fact, in one of the spam campaigns we tracked this week, there was evidence of exactly that. These particular criminals had been using fake shipping and delivery emails to convince unsuspecting victims into opening attachments and infecting their computers with the Kryptik Trojan.”

“Now, the main body of the email pretends to come from erecruit@who.int with ‘health advice’ in the attachment, but when we carefully inspect the plain text body, we see it matches a previous spam campaign from this same criminal using a lure pretending to be about invoices and deliveries.”



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