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Canada Cybercriminals using coronavirus-themed emails to deliver malware: report

18:20  10 february  2020
18:20  10 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Over the last few days, hackers have been using coronavirus - themed spam emails to distribute malware . Unlike Kaspersky, IBM reported on a single campaign organized by what looks like a group of The hackers use a botnet to fire a large number of emails at users in various bits of Japan.

Cybercriminals are using the fear of coronavirus outbreak in China to spread malware on thousands of devices worldwide via malicious emails supposedly offering preventive measures against the deadly virus, according to a new report by IBM X-Force Exchange. “The practice of leveraging worldwide

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TORONTO — A U.S. cybersecurity company says criminal groups are exploiting fears over the new coronavirus to attack the global shipping industry.

California-based Proofpoint says it has detected a new email campaign that uses Microsoft Word attachments designed to trick recipients into installing a type of malware known as AZORult.

Proofpoint says criminals have been exploiting a vulnerability in Word to spread malware and AZORult since at least 2016, including for downloading ransomware that can lock victims out of their systems.

The company says the new email campaign takes advantage of concerns about the virus, which has sickened more than 37,000 people worldwide, although there is currently no evidence that ransomware has been used.

However, it says the attackers seem to be sophisticated and have targeted industries that are susceptible to shipping disruptions including manufacturing, industrial, finance, transportation, pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies.

Proofpoint advises workers exercise caution when presented with coronavirus-themed email messages and attachments, as well as links and websites that could be used by criminals as lures.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 10, 2020.

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