While the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acure Respiratory Disease, the official name of 2019-nCoV, continues to spread across nations, a possible computer virus is currently arising and is threatening the world wide web.
Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky announced its detection of “malicious files disguised as documents related to the newly discovered coronavirus.”
These malicious files disguised as useful information on the 2019-nCoV including formats in documents (.pdf, .docx) and video (.mp4). It contains a range of threats such as Trojan and worms that can either destroy, block, modify, or copy users’ data. This computer virus is also capable of interfering with computer network operations.
According to Kaspersky, “the names of files imply that they contain video instructions on how to protect yourself from the virus, updates on the threat and even virus detection procedures, which is not actually the case.”
In addition, Kaspersky Malware Analyst Anton Ivanov said since coronavirus is being widely discussed, cybercriminals have used it as click baits.
“So far we have seen only 10 unique files, but as this sort of activity often happens with popular media topics then we expect that this tendency may grow. As people continue to be worried about their health, we may see more and more malware hidden inside fake documents about the coronavirus being spread,” Ivanov stated.
To avoid this, Kaspersky recommends users to only follow official sources for legitimate and verified information. Further advising internet users should always double-check the file extensions, warning against downloading files with .exe or .lnk formats posing as document or video files.
WATCH OUT for the following coronavirus-related files:
- Trojan.WinLNK.Agent. gg
—(Source: Philstar Global)