The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is being used as bait in email spam attacks on targets around the globe. As the number of those afflicted continue to surge by thousands, campaigns that use the disease as a lure likewise increase.
This has been observed by many entities, and also seen a significant spike in the detection of the use of the subject in email spam attacks.
Almost 7,000 unique samples out of 41,000 total Corona Phishing Spam samples reported from Smart Protection Network (SPN) enabled in Trend Micro Messaging products.
|Solution Modules||Solution Available||Pattern Branch||Release Date||Detection/Policy/Rules|
|Email Protection||Yes||AS Pattern 5268||3-Mar-20||Spam|
|URL Protection||Yes||In the Cloud||Malware Accomplice|
|File detection (VSAPI/Smart Scan) and Advanced Threat Scan Engine (ATSE)||Yes||15.699.00||21-Feb-20||Backdoor.Win32.REMCOS.USMANEAGFE|
|Predictive Learning (TrendX)||Yes||In the Cloud||Troj.Win32.TRX.XXPE50FFF034|
Make sure to always use the latest pattern available to detect the old and new variants.
Refer to the KB article: Recommendations on how to best protect your network using Trend Micro products.
Make sure to implement our Best practice configuration for Trend Micro products.
Refer to the KB article: Best Practice Configuration and Prevention using Trend Micro products.
Make sure to implement Spam Best Practice Configuration and Prevention.
Refer to the following KB articles:
You may also check the KB article: Submitting suspicious or undetected viruses for file analysis to Technical Support.
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