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PSA: Terrible people are running a phishing campaign with fake Covid-19 stats
PCGamer ^ | 22 May 2020 | By Paul Lilly

Posted on 05/24/2020 8:08:58 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Security researchers at Microsoft say they have seen a "steady increase" in unsolicited email attachments containing malicious Excel 4.0 macros. It is part of a "massive campaign" to infect PCs with malware under the guise of providing current statistics related to Covid-19.

Phishing scams are nothing new by any stretch, but according to Microsoft (via ZDNet), this latest campaign only started around a week ago "and has so far used several hundreds of unique attachments."

"The emails purport to come from Johns Hopkins Center bearing 'WHO COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT'. The Excel files open w/ security warning & show a graph of supposed coronavirus cases in the US. If allowed to run, the malicious Excel 4.0 macro downloads & runs NetSupport Manager RAT," Microsoft stated on Twitter.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: computers; excel; internet; malware; phishing; windows

1 posted on 05/24/2020 8:08:58 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Here’s the questions to ask:

Where did they get the metadata from to target individuals who are researching COVID-19? It isn’t a blanket mailing.
Did they get the target addresses from Google?
Is email their only vehicle?

2 posted on 05/24/2020 8:21:48 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (When we look to government to solve our problems, our "rights" become incremreduced to "privileges".)
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