Hackers Hijack Routers to Spread Malware Via Coronavirus Apps
The router DNS hijacking attacks have targeted more than a thousand victims with the Oski info-stealing malware.
Cybercriminals are hijacking routers and changing Domain Name System (DNS) settings, in order to redirect victims to attacker controlled sites promoting fake coronavirus information apps. If victims download these apps, they are infected with information-stealing Oski malware.
This latest attack shows that hackers are becoming more creative in how they leverage the coronavirus pandemic. And it appears to be working – researchers believe that at least 1,193 victims have been targeted by this cyberattack over just the past couple of days. Reports of the hacks began on March 18, and have since skyrocketed over the past week, with victims from the U.S., Germany and France being mostly targeted.
“We estimate that the number of victims is likely to grow in the coming weeks, especially if attackers have set up other repositories, whether hosted on Bitbucket or other code repository hosting services, as the Coronavirus pandemic remains a ‘hot topic,'” said Liviu Arsene, with Bitdefender, in a post on Wednesday. “Attackers seem to have been probing the internet for vulnerable routers, managing to compromise them – potentially via bruteforcing passwords – and changing their DNS IP settings.”
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