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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