Here we go again. Just days ago I reported on a dangerous coronavirus map that pretended to offer information on the the spread of the virus, but in reality just offered a nasty malware infection. And now we have an Android app that offers the same information lure, but this time the risk is a phone lock-out and a demand for a ransomware payment, rather than a malware implant.
The malicious app was discovered and disclosed by the researchers at DomainTools, who came across the website coronavirusapp[.]site with the app available for install. “The domain prompts users to download an Android App,” the team explains, “that will give them access to a Coronavirus map tracker that appears to provide tracking and statistical information about COVID-19, including heatmap visuals.”