Chatham Community,

A malicious website claiming to be the live map for coronavirus/COVID-19 produced by Johns Hopkins University is circulating around the Internet.  The website infects the user with the AZORult Trojan, an information-stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data.  It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering.  Anyone searching for a map of the coronavirus could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website. The correct address is https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html.

Threat Details

A sample of the malware being deployed by “corona-virus-map[dot]com” was submitted and analyzed by and received an extremely malicious threat score of 100/100 with Anti-virus (AV) detection at 76%. This sample was labelled by Hybrid-Analysis as a Trojan.

Recommendations

End users should be warned about this cybersecurity risk and security teams should blacklist any indicators associated with this specific threat. IOCs and Analysis may be found here: https://blog.reasonsecurity.com/2020/03/09/covid-19-info-stealer-the-map-of-threats-threat- analysis-report/

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Malware Threat: COVID-19 and Johns Hopkins
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