The coronavirus swept the world with panic after the initial discovery and wide spread infection across China. Now, the disease seems to be evolving to the technological world in the form of malware.



Now, as if a widespread disease affecting many people and countries isn’t enough, the coronavirus takes to the internet. Well, not the actual virus. Cyber criminals created a way to take advantage of those trying to research the deadly coronavirus and infect their device with malware. 


How can humans and computers have the same “illness”

To begin, at the beginning of 2020 Chinese officials announced the identification of a new virus. After the discovery of several infected patients, the first confirmed coronavirus death became world wide news. 

Continuing throughout January, more people fell victim to the virus with a steadily growing death count, still continuing today. 

But, even in the wake of such a terrible outbreak of this virus, cyber criminals decided to take advantage of the demand for information on the virus.

So not only is the coronavirus infecting humans, but also computers.


Cyber Criminals and the Coronavirus


According to an article regarding the topic of coronavirus malware, hackers are releasing malicious, botnet-driven emails to target the public, using the coronavirus as the ruse. 


Further, the emails contain information about virus containment and other factual tidbits.Subsequently, due to the amount of coverage regarding the virus, receiving a random email about protecting yourself wouldn’t seem entirely out of the blue.


To elaborate, the horrid Emotet Trojan is the driving force behind the email hoax. Cyber criminals are also targeting specific regions that are most affected by the virus in hopes of having desperation on their side. In the haste to open, read and take action in regard to the email, this would allow the trojan to execute. 


Keeping your Inbox and Machine Safe

All in all, this article could go on and on about the email hoax. But here at CPG we like to keep things short, sweet and to the point. To elaborate, we want to make sure you get the most important bits of information out of our article.

This ensures the prevention of our reader from having to trudge through tons of sources and other articles for one story. So, now that we broke down the Coronavirus email scam, let’s figure out what you can do to keep your inbox and machine safe. 


Spotting the Difference

Speaking of keeping your inbox safe, when it comes to email scams, this isn’t CPG’s first rodeo. A few weeks ago we took a look at a fraudulent email from a scammer claiming to be Apple.

In that particular article, I dissected a fraudulent email from a scammer and pointed out all of the red flags. Also, I cover many tips in regard to securing your inbox.

Generally, a large portion of malicious and phishing emails don’t check all the boxes in regard to grammar. Even more so, they scammers do not proof read or take the extra time to really perfect the fake email. Those missteps are what will help someone differentiate between a real and fake email.

So all in all, the coronavirus malware brings attention to depths that criminals will sink to in an attempt to steal your data. In short, stay vigilant and look through our other articles to stay informed!


By Taylor Ritchey