Cyber criminals exploiting searches for coronavirus info

Hackers creating phony websites loaded with malware

Megan Lynch
March 23, 2020 - 10:06 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Browsing the internet for information on COVID-19? 

Be careful where you click. Cybersecurity experts say hackers are using the public's desire to be informed.

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They say you could expose yourself to an electronic virus. 

"There were over 2000 domains registered [within the last two weeks] with the coronavirus somewhere in the name," explains Jonathan Tock, Director of Security Operations at St. Louis-based SpearTip, "they are attempting to perform drive-by downloads, which is a fancy way of saying if you go to the website, then it tries to download malware onto your computer."

Tock says one example is websites that have fake coronavirus tracking maps.

He points out, if you're working from home on company equipment it's especially important to be wise about the websites you visit so you don't compromise your business' security.

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