January 30, 2020
They discover malware hidden in fake files related to alleged recommendations to protect against coronavirus. Kaspersky’s detection technologies have found malicious files disguised as coronavirus-related documents. This disease that in recent days occupies the headlines of the press due to its dangerous nature. The malicious files discovered were masked under the guise of pdf, mp4, docx files.
The file names pretend to be video instructions on how to protect yourself from the virus. Also updates on the progress of the disease and even virus detection procedures. In fact, these files contained a variety of threats. From Trojans to worms that are capable of destroying, blocking, modifying or copying data, as well as interfering with the operation of computers or computer networks.
“The coronavirus, which is widely discussed as big news, has already been used as bait by cybercriminals. We’ve seen only 10 unique files so far, but since this type of activity often occurs with popular media topics, we expect this trend to grow. As people continue to worry about protecting themselves from this virus, we may see more and more malware hidden in fake documents about the spread of the coronavirus ”, comment Anton Ivanov, Kaspersky Malware Analyst.
Kaspersky products detect malicious files related to “coronavirus” with the following names:
- UDS: DangerousObject.Multi.Generic
- HEUR: Trojan.WinLNK.Agent.gen
- HEUR: Trojan.PDF.Badur.b
To avoid becoming a victim of malicious programs, Kaspersky recommends the following steps:
• Avoid suspicious links, promising exclusive content. Consult official sources for reliable and legitimate information.
• Check the extension of the downloaded file. Documents and video files do not correspond to the .exe or .lnk format.
• Uses a trusted security solution for comprehensive protection against a wide range of threats.
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