Beware of Coronavirus Maps: This New Malware is Infecting Computers and Stealing Personal Data

March 13th · 3 min read

As if the panic, confusion, and concern surrounding COVID-19 isn’t enough, cyber criminals have created yet another threat related to the novel Coronavirus 2019. We previously reported on the Coronavirus Scam, but this new malware created by cybercriminals is so sly that it’s catching many people off guard. Preying on the fear of humans around the world, they realize that most of us are paying close attention to updates. One of the most important things that most of us want to know: Has Coronavirus reached my city?

Cybercriminals have created malware disguised as a “Coronavirus Map” used to infect and take control of the computers and smartphones who open the map. This malware then uses its control of the device to steal the victim’s personal data.

What is the Coronavirus Map Malware?


Those around the world who are concerned about Coronavirus are understandably seeking updates online. Maps showing affected areas and the severity of the impact are popping up everywhere and they give an easy visual of just how impactful Coronavirus really is and how it’s sweeping its way around the world. The Coronavirus Map Malware is one of many maps being downloaded by users for this purpose, but its giving users something extra--malware executed to a victim’s device that then steals their sensitive information.

Once a user has downloaded what they believe to be a Coronavirus Map, they see exactly what they expected to see, a map showing the live spread of Coronavirus, which makes it especially difficult to realize when they’ve been affected. In the background, the Coronavirus Map malware is quietly stealing usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, browsing history, cookies, and other sensitive information stored on the browser. It’s important to note that this malware affects users of ALL operating systems and ALL browsers.

When information like this is leaked, it creates a domino effect that leads to identity theft and the loss of time, money, and online accounts.

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How Can I Protect Myself From The Coronavirus Map Malware?

Trust Only Trusted Sources For Updates About Coronavirus

There is a wealth of misinformation and opportunities for cybercriminals to prey on victims in the wake of major events like the rapid spread Coronavirus. To make sure that you don’t fall victim to fake news or cybercriminals, always go to trusted sources of authority for updates. For local updates, check the website for your state, city, or county. For worldwide updates, use the following sources:

Centers for Disease Control World Health Organization

Install Browser Protection

Browser protection is among the cutting edge of online safety technology. Products like Guardio scan each of the websites that you visit and extensions that you add to ensure that they're free of malicious code and scams. They catch things like phishing pages and keyloggers that often go unnoticed, even to the savviest individuals. When a malicious site or extension is found, these products block the offending website or extension and let you know why. They also alert you when a website that you're visiting is still too new to be trusted. Browser Protection keeps you safe by stopping threats BEFORE they reach your device, instead of afterward like traditional antivirus solutions.

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