October 22, 2021
Hackers are Exploiting Coronavirus Maps to Steal Personal Data and Spread Malware

Hackers have Found a Way to Exploit Coronavirus Maps to Steal Consumer Data and Infect Computers with Malware

Hackers are using the opportunity of crisis as a means to steal personal information from consumers and infect their computers with malware…

With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 or coronavirus, people are continually attempting to keep up-to-date about what’s happening and where. That’s where tracking maps come in handy. But, along with it comes an irresistible opportunity to exploit the unfolding crisis. 

Hackers are Exploiting Coronavirus Maps to Steal Personal Data and Spread Malware

Shai Alfasi, a security researcher at Reason Labs, has discovered that hackers are using these very maps to steal personal data from visitors, including such sensitive information as usernames, passwords, credit and debit card numbers, as well as other information routinely stored in browsers.

What’s more, the situation is also being used to spread malware. Hackers design websites related to COVID-19 or coronavirus that prompt unsuspecting visitors to download an application that’s ostensibly to keep people informed. But, said download is a mere front that generates a binary file, like one known as AZORult.

The research pointed out that the AZORult is able to steal personal information from computers, including passwords and even cryptocurrencies: 

“It is used to steal browsing history, cookies, ID/passwords, cryptocurrency and more. It can also download additional malware onto infected machines. AZORult is commonly sold on Russian underground forums for the purpose of collecting sensitive data from an infected computer.”

William Boleys

Will is an experienced freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.

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