Published on:

3 February 2020


Rachael Adams

Hackers Using Coronavirus to Spread Malicious Malware

Cyber-criminals are taking advantage of the Coronavirus outbreak to infiltrate inboxes with malicious malware, so they can spy on victims and steal financial data.

Thousands of devices have already been comprised with Emotet malware, which has become popular for luring users during news events.

How does it work?

The email has an urgent sounding subject which encourages the recipient to open an attached word document to learn more about the Coronavirus. Once opened the message looks like it is from Office 365 and gives instructions on how to change settings, so the document is no longer in protected view.

Although it doesn’t actually look like it has done anything to your device, following these instructions installs malicious malware which allows hackers to spy on you, and view personal information such as bank login details. They also have access to your system to install other dangerous malware.

These types of email scams are designed to manipulate, and often use emotion or urgency as persuasion. Take a moment to think before downloading files or clicking on links, especially if they are from someone you don’t know.

If you do receive any emails that seem suspicious, delete them immediately, and let your colleagues know so your company doesn’t get caught up in an email scam.

If you think your systems have been compromised by the Coronavirus email scam, or any other malicious software, contact the TechPath security experts for advice.