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Hackers using coronavirus maps to spread malware, collect data
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According to a new report, hackers are using maps and dashboards that show the spread of COVID-19 in order to infect people’s computers with malware.
Researcher Shai Alfasi at cybersecurity firm Reason Labs found and analyzed the malware, which “activates a strain of malicious software known as AZORult,” a blog post from the firm said.
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That software is known for stealing “browsing history, cookies, ID/passwords, cryptocurrency and more,” Reason Labs wrote. That information can be used to help hackers access bank accounts or social media accounts, according to TechRadar, which first reported on the findings Wednesday.