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Beware malware-laden emails offering COVID-19 information, US Secret Service warns

09
Apr
2020
Beware malware-laden emails offering COVID-19 information, US Secret Service warns

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As the coronavirus crisis continues to capture everyone’s attention, cybercriminals stay busy running scams and delivering malware using the attention-getting virus as a lure. The threats from the scammers and crooks, which began as early as January and continue unabated, range from tricking people out of their financial data to delivering pernicious malware.

Although some scammers use novel techniques to commit their crimes, many schemes rely on tried-and-true phishing methods that exploit unpatched software flaws that sometimes have stayed unfixed for years. On April 1, the US Secret Service (USSS) sent out an information alert, “Fraudulent COVID-19 Emails with Malicious Attachments,” that warns about messages masquerading as COVID-19 status emails from employers, merchants and other businesses.

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