"Corona antivirus" infects victims with malware

Cybercriminals continue to leverage the ongoing coronavirus
outbreak for their own gain by launching numerous scam campaigns
use Covid-19 as a lure
to trick users into installing a variety
of malware and data stealers.

In the latest scam, discovered by
, cybercriminals have set up a website advertising
“Corona Antivirus – World’s best protection” which tries to
trick users into installing antivirus
that supposedly has the capabilities to protect users
from becoming infected with the virus in real life. The creators of
the site have even provided more details on how their solution
works, saying:

“Our scientists from Harvard University have been working on a
special AI development to combat the virus using a windows app.
Your PC actively protects you against the Coronaviruses (Cov) while
the app is running.”

While most users will likely understand that there is no way for
any type of software to protect them from becoming infected with
the coronavirus, there is a possibility that some will fall for
this scheme as the cybercriminals behind it have taken the
necessary steps to make their website appear legitimate.


Once a user installs the application available on the Corona
Antivirus site, their computer will be infected with malware. The
installation file, which contains the commercial packer Themida,
will turn a user’s PC into a bot ready to receive commands.

After inspecting the command and control server, Malwarebytes
discovered a control panel for the BlackNET botnet. The full source code
for the BlackNET toolkit was published on
a month ago and some of its features include deploying
DDoS attacks, taking screenshots, stealing Firefox cookies,
stealing saved passwords, implementing a keylogger, executing
scripts and stealing Bitcoin wallets, among others.

working from home
, it is important that all users keep their
computers up to date and exercise caution when downloading and
installing new programs to avoid falling victim to the many
coronavirus-themed scams that are currently making their way around
the web.

After investigating the Corona Antivirus site, Malwarebytes
of its discovery and the CDN took immediate action
to flag the website as a malicious.

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Source: FS – All Tech News 2
"Corona antivirus" infects victims with malware