Malware From Fake COVID-19 Website

March 10, 2020 David Finn

The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) has published a new alert. Please distribute through your proper channels, as appropriate.

A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website (corona-virus-map[dot]com). Visiting 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. Furthermore, anyone searching the internet for a coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website.

Threat Details

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


End-users should be warned about this cybersecurity risk and security teams should blacklist any indicators associated with this specific threat. Indicators of compromise and analysis may be found here:

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