In recent weeks, we observed that threat actors are creating thousands of coronavirus-themed websites on a daily basis.
The sites are employed in a broad range of attacks, including phishing attacks, frauds, and malware-based attacks.
Since February, we are observing thousands of new Coronavirus-related domains containing keywords like Coronavirus, COVID19, COVID, pandemic, vaccine, virus.
The security researcher who goes online by the name of DustyFresh is one of the experts that monitored the alarmin trend.
The experts published a list containing thousands of COVID19-related domains created between March 14 and March 18, most of them potentially malicious.
The list only analyzed sites containing the word “coronavirus,” clearly extending the search for other terms (i.e. COVID19, vaccine, etc.) and to a longer period, we can find tens of thousands similar websites.
A similar research was conducted by researchers from security firm RiskIQ that shared several lists of COVID19-related malicious domains.
Data reported by RiskIQ are disconcerting, the experts observed more than 13,500 suspicious domains on March 15 and more than 35,000 domains on March 16.
ZDNet proposes a dashboard, which aggregates RiskIQ’s feed and lists domains in real-time, as they’re being discovered.
Security experts from Trend Micro also published an interesting analysis of Coronavirus-themed attacks, they observed a notable increase in domain names using the word “corona.”
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.