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 an information stealing trojan 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.
- Always be cautious when receiving messages that are urgent, unexpected, and impersonal.
- Pay attention to sender address, hyperlinks, and website URLs.
- Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for fact-based information about the coronavirus.
The genuine COVID-19 live tracking dashboard by John Hopkins University can be found here: