Studying How Cybercriminals Prey on the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the spread of the coronavirus worldwide, interest is high in related topics. Accordingly, Unit 42 researchers found an immense increase in coronavirus-related Google searches and URLs viewed since the beginning of February. Cybercriminals are looking to profit from such Read More …

APT32 Targeting Wuhan Government and Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management

From at least January to April 2020, suspected Vietnamese actors APT32 carried out intrusion campaigns against Chinese targets that Mandiant Threat Intelligence believes was designed to collect intelligence on the COVID-19 crisis. Spear phishing messages were sent by the actor Read More …

Hackers struggle morally and economically over Coronavirus

With the Coronavirus pandemic in full swing, threat actors are torn about how they should operate during the pandemic, and like everyone else, are also seeing a downturn in the underground hacker marketplace. In mid-March, BleepingComputer asked numerous ransomware operators Read More …

Europol: Catching The Virus Cybercrime, Disinformation And The COVID-19 Pandemic

Cybercriminals have been among the most adept at exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic for the various scams and attacks they carry out. With a record number of potential victims staying at home and using online services across the European Union (EU) Read More …

Spearphishing Campaign Exploits COVID-19 To Spread Lokibot Infostealer

Researchers have discovered threat actors once again capitalizing on the COVID-19 pandemic and current attention on the World Health Organization (WHO) with a new spearphishing email designed to spread the LokiBot trojan sent using the WHO trademark as a lure. Read More …

Social Engineering Based on Stimulus Bill and COVID-19 Financial Compensation Schemes Expected to Grow in Coming Weeks

Given the community interest and media coverage surrounding the economic stimulus bill currently being considered by the United States House of Representatives, we anticipate attackers will increasingly leverage lures tailored to the new stimulus bill and related recovery efforts such Read More …