The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has discovered malicious files disguised as multimedia documents related to the coronavirus. These are disguised as pdf, docx, or mp4 files that pretend to contain text or video instructions on how to protect oneself from the coronavirus. However, these files were found to contain a range of cyber threats including Trojans.
After using coronavirus-related material as a ruse for gaining access to one’s system, these threats are capable of blocking, destroying, modifying or duplicating data stored internally. The performance of computers connected to internal networks was also found to be affected.
“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 happens with popular media topics then we expect that this tendency may grow.
As people continue to be worried for their health, we may see more and more malware hidden inside fake documents about the coronavirus being spread,” said Anton Ivanov, Kaspersky malware analyst. Some of the “coronavirus”-related malicious documents had filenames like Worm.VBS.Dinihou.r, Trojan.WinLNK.Agent.ew, and HEUR:Trojan.WinLNK.Agent.gen.
Ivanov recommends that people avoid suspicious links on the internet that promise exclusive content on the coronavirus. He added that the file extension and format of all downloaded files ought to be studied. Documents and video files should normally not have .exe or .lnk formats, and this ought to raise a red flag with users.
He further advocated the use of a reliable cloud security solution to safeguard one’s computer, and that users should turn to trustworthy news websites for information about the coronavirus. A new strain of the coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan, China, has now spread to at least 23 other countries.
It has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO). Respiratory ailments, caused by the virus have claimed 492 lives worldwide, the majority of which are Chinese citizens. More than 24,500 people have been infected across 25 countries, including India.
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Jagdip Vaishnav344 days ago
Why world leadres remains insensitive?