Hackers Use Fake Corona Antivirus to Distribute BlackNET Remote Malware

Cybercriminals continue to use the coronavirus crisis in various spam campaigns to trick the people in installing a variety of malware.

In the current scenario, all started working from home, connecting company network from home, attackers trying to take advantage of it.

Fake Corona Antivirus

Researchers from Malwarebytes spotted a scam that uses a fake website (antivirus-covid19[.]site) advertising “Corona Antivirus -World’s best protection.”

The website says that “Our scientists from Harvard University have been working on a special AI development to combat the virus using a windows app. Your PC actively protects you against the Coronaviruses (Cov) while the app is running.”


Once the application installed into the computer then it gets infected with malware “BlackNET RAT” and turns your computer as BlackNET botnet.

The BlackNET malware capable of doing following functionalities

  • Deploying DDOS attacks
  • Taking screenshots
  • Stealing Firefox cookies
  • Stealing saved passwords
  • Implementing a keylogger
  • Executing scripts
  • Stealing Bitcoin wallets

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of global fears surrounding the deadly Coronavirus by sending out malware-laden emails supposedly offering guidance.

The emails are disguised as official notifications from public health centers and come with attachments that promise to provide more details on preventative measures against corona-virus infections.

The number of newly registered domains related to coronavirus has increased since the outbreak has become more widespread, with threat actors creating infrastructure to support malicious campaigns referring to COVID-19. It was observed as 5000+.

We recommended staying safe at home and online don’t trust any new programs, use a reputed antivirus.

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