Wiper Malware Called “Coronavirus” Spreads Among Windows Victims

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A new Windows malware has emerged that makes disks unusable by overwriting the master boot record (MBR). It takes its cue from the COVID-19 pandemic, calling itself simply “Coronavirus.”

Overwriting the MBR is the same trick that the infamous NotPetya wiper malware used in 2017 in a campaign that caused widespread, global financial damage.

Worryingly, according to the SonicWall Capture Labs Threat Research team, the fresh malware strain is also a destructive trojan. And like its namesake, there’s no cure. In a posting on Tuesday, researchers explained that victims of the Coronavirus trojan find themselves with a gray screen and a blinking cursor with a simple message, “Your computer has been trashed.”


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