As the coronavirus outbreak keeps spreading throughout the world, killing hundreds on the way, hackers are taking advantage of people’s fears. By disguising an email as “legitimate information about coronavirus” they are trying to infect smartphones and computers with malicious software.
A recent study by IBM X-Force and Kasperky discovered spam emails sent to people in Japan claiming that the respiratory illness has infiltrated the country and urges the receiver to open an email attachment to learn more information. If the person opens the file, the malicious software will start running on the device, accessing and copying your personal files.
Even though IBM’s report focuses primarily on Japan, we can expect an uptick in malicious coronavirus-related scam emails in the U.S., too.