Cybercriminals are using a variety of coronavirus-themed scams to hook their victims. Their continued focus on the topic suggests that it has proved a lucrative form of cybercrime.
Some phishing emails promise users secret remedies or unreleased "cures" for the coronavirus. Other campaigns "abuse perceived legitimate sources of health information to manipulate users."
Researchers at Proofpoint have noted that the latest round of coronavirus-themed scams are using new malware, including AgentTesla Keylogger and
the NanoCore RAT, to steal their victim's personal and financial information. Coronavirus-themed emails are also linking users to fake Office 365, Adobe, and DocuSign sites designed to steal their credentials.
Cybercriminals have also increased the number and variety of industries that they are attacking with coronavirus scams. Attacks continue to focus on the shipping industry while expanding to include manufacturing. Cybercriminals have also created tailored attacks against construction, education, energy, health care, industry, retail, and transportation organizations. Sarah Coble "Cyber-criminals Lure Victims with Coronavirus Cure Conspiracy Theories" infosecurity-magazine.com (Feb. 13, 2020).