Pirate streaming services and movie piracy sites have seen a huge surge of incoming traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic with most people now having to stay inside due to shelter in place and lockdown orders.
Microsoft warns that malicious actors are taking advantage of this trend trying to infect potential victims with malware delivered via fake movie torrents.
“With lockdown still in place in many parts of the world, attackers are paying attention to the increase in use of pirate streaming services and torrent downloads,” the Microsoft Security Intelligence team said.
“We saw an active coin miner campaign that
As people socially isolate and work from home, shopping online and home deliveries have increased.
Scammers are capitalizing on this by creating new scams using Coronavirus delivery issues as a lure to get people to visit malicious links or open malware.
In a new report by Kaspersky, researchers see a new wave of phishing scams that utilize a COVID-19 theme and impersonate well-known shipping carriers such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL.
Package delivery phishing use Coronavirus lures
In one of the emails seen by Kaspersky, attackers impersonate DHL and state a package was being held due to the government lockdown