COVID-19 Pandemic Persists While Extortion Ransomware Operators Run Rampant   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "Two major trends in malware development and deployment dominated headlines throughout the first half of 2020: COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] and extortion ransomware. 2020 has been a challenging year, and the cyber threat landscape was no exception. As the world reacted to COVID-19, threat actors saw an opportunity to capitalize on the pandemic to propagate malware. Workers across the globe were forced to adapt to remote work, which created a major shift in the cyber threat landscape as threat actors saw the opportunity to target remote technologies. In addition, threat actors took advantage of fear and uncertainty worldwide to further exploit victims and spread malware through phishing lures and malicious maps and applications. Even government entities joined in to use and exploit mobile applications to monitor citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the second half of the year, threat actors will likely again shift focus and develop phishing lures around the United States presidential election, and possibly a COVID-19 vaccine if one is discovered in the coming months."

Report Number:
CTA-2020-0818; Cyber Threat Analysis 2020-0818
Recorded Future, Inc.
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