COVID-19: Coronavirus Fears Seized by Cybercriminals


Malware and phishing campaigns use global interest in the novel coronavirus to capitalize on fear and uncertainty around the pandemic.


In December 2019, reports of an outbreak of a new virus and disease, dubbed COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), began to emerge. COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, which has captured global attention and is now considered a pandemic. Since December, COVID-19 has spread to more than 100 countries, with cases being reported every day. With such intense interest in the disease and the uncertainty around it, cybercriminals have found COVID-19 serves as the perfect lure to target users in a variety of ways, including leveraging it as part of malicious emails to phish users and spread digital viruses.

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