Alert! Fake Coronavirus Tracking Apps Steal Personal Data

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Fake Coronavirus Tracking Apps steal personal data-- At least a dozen fake COVID-19 'contact tracing' applications have been deployed worldwide to spread computer viruses and steal user data, cybersecurity researchers revealed on Wednesday.

Fake Coronavirus Tracking Apps

Fake Coronavirus Tracking Apps steal personal data

At least a dozen fake COVID-19 'contact tracing' applications have been deployed worldwide to spread computer viruses and steal user data, cybersecurity researchers revealed on Wednesday. They were designed to resemble official pandemic tools.
The researchers from California-based firm Anomali said the apps, Once installed on the smartphone, they will "steal banking credentials and personal data." said researchers from the Californian firm Anomali. They do not appear to be distributed through official means (such as Google or Apple app stores) but do spread via links in other applications or websites that encourage their adoption.

"Threat actors continue to imitate official apps to take advantage of the brand recognition and perceived trust of those released by government agencies," the company said in a blog post.

"The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic makes the virus a recognizable and potentially fear-inducing name, of which actors will continue to abuse."

Contact Tracing Applications

The revelation is the latest warning about hackers using the virus pandemic to take advantage of public fear to trick users into revealing passwords or other data.

Contact-tracing apps are being developed in many countries, using smartphone technology to determine when users have come into contact with an infected individual.

A variety of technologies are being used for the apps, including some systems that have been criticized by privacy activists for collecting data that may be abused by governments.

Contact tracking applications have been developed in many countries, in partnership with companies. They use smartphone technologies to determine whether users have been in contact with an infected person. In France, for example, StopCovid allows an individual who discovers that he is carrying the virus to automatically warn all other users he has encountered in the past two weeks.

Towards a surveillance society?

Digital specialists, lawyers, and activists defending freedoms see these apps as the beginnings of a surveillance society. Anomali has found fake apps deployed in Armenia, Brazil, India, Colombia, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Russia, and Singapore.
While In some cases, these applications are presented as the official government app.

A British association issued a similar warning last month against software in the UK. Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the number of computer threats that seek to take advantage of the increased vulnerability of people in search of information and solutions has increased.

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