Pandemic coronavirus dictates new rules of life. But if sitting at home and buying food deliveries in principle makes sense, the attempts of some very advanced users to be treated or to diagnose the coronavirus with the help of applications not only pointless, but even dangerous. Meanwhile, attackers are actively using this situation and one by one release apps that promise to help to determine you have symptoms of the disease, and actually infect a smartphone, get over it full control, and even steal your money.
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Despite the fact that the proliferation of fake apps with the scan or close to it functions, happens outside of Google Play, their danger cannot be underestimated. Practice has shown that very many Android users are searching on the Internet different ways to identify the signs of this disease, and the application offers the opportunity to be quite popular, even if you can download them only in the form of APK file, and only from the site isn’t secured with HTTPS.
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One such application is called Covid-19 Tracker. It is posted on the website located at coronavirusapp.site which provides a lot of false information about the possibilities of the program — from bogus certificates of the world health organization and the centers for control and prevention of diseases to mention the six million people who have downloaded the app and the average rating 4.4 out of 5. However, where was exhibited such an assessment, is not specified.
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Attackers do not promise to diagnose coronavirus users who download it, because it would be too naive, but at the same time guarantee that the application will be able to determine the location of the nearest infected, wherever you are. It is assumed that in this way users would be able to determine how far from them are vectors, and could just not get close to them to protect themselves from infection. That’s just where the data of the application, the attackers did not even come up.
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Needless to say that none of the described application Covid-19 Tracker can not do it. In fact, it carries in its composition a Trojan called CovidLock who gets access to system functions, asking the user to confirm the activation of its mechanisms entering the password from the smartphone, and then just changes the password and locks the machine. The result appears on the screen notifying you that the device is locked and unlock it only after the transfer to the cyber criminals ransom for $ 100 to the provided bitcoin wallet.
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Many of you probably find it difficult to imagine who are those people who naively download apps like this, and trying to track down patients with the coronavirus in the map. In fact, these are the same people, like you, who probably learned that in China there is a similar application. But if they do, why it cannot be us? That’s just along with the naivete of these people suffer from inattentiveness when you install the app from an unknown source, and then another, and provide it with all system privileges.
Just in case I will specify once again: do not attempt to search the Internet for applications that diagnose coronavirus or looking for those already infected. Despite the fact that scientists from all over the world already have approximate figures on the numbers infected, nobody sets them special GPS beacons only to them who are lurking, not to mention the fact that to determine the infection need to take biomaterial for analysis, and on the outward signs of anything to diagnose it is impossible. Well, in fairness, I will say that telemedicine applications like Yandex.Health and the like for these purposes is not suitable. They will not only help you but will either enter into a greater confusion, or utter the obvious things you already knew. Check for yourself.