Menu
  1. Home
  2. Calendar
  3. Departments
  4. City Government
  5. Our Community
  6. Contact
  7. How Do I ...
COVID-19- Information

COVID-19- Information

Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-known Malware

The full document containing this information can be downloaded in the links below. 

Fake Online Coronavirus Map Delivers Well-known Malware
Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3)
HC3@HHS.GOV
Date: March 10, 2020

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website. Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering. Furthermore, anyone searching the internet for a Coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website.

Threat Details
A sample of the malware being deployed by “corona-virus-map[dot]com” was submitted and analyzed by and received an extremely malicious threat score of 100/100 with Anti-virus (AV) detection at 76%. This sample was labelled by Hybrid-Analysis as a Trojan.

Recommendations
End users should be warned about this cybersecurity risk and security teams should blacklist any indicators associated with this specific threat. IOCs and Analysis may be found here: https://blog.reasonsecurity.com/2020/03/09/covid-19-info-stealer-the-map-of-threats-threat-analysis-report/

Requests for Information
Need information on a specific cybersecurity topic? Send your request for information (RFI) to HC3@HHS.GOV or call us Monday-Friday, between 9am-5pm (EST), at (202) 691-2110.

Fake Map Example

Number of views (1677)
Print

Documents to download

Theme picker

All City News and Events