Thursday, May 7, 2020

Hawkeye Key Logger Comes Amid Pandemic Concerns

 


Not everything that you receive electronically dealing with Corona Virus fears is being sent to you out of concerns for your safety.  A recent spate of emails, in fact, is being sent in hopes of capitalizing on fears of safety.

It seems that recently emails are being sent that “appear” to be from the WHO’s Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.  This email reports to be offering “drug advice” to unsuspecting users.  In reality what is being delivered is the Hawkeye Key Logger program. 

Key Loggers are named because they truly have the ability to record every key stoke entered into a computer and can then send this information back to whoever sent the malware in the first place.  It basically allows an unknown person to see everything that happens on the infected computer.  In addition to stealing keystrokes and sending them along, Hawkeye can also capable of stealing credentials such as user names and passwords from email accounts and web browsers installed on the computer

The secret to avoiding these types of programs and situations are the ones I’ve discussed before.  “Think before you click” is the best advice I can give.  If you do not open files attached to emails, you won’t have many problems to deal with… so don’t open files sent to you unless you can verify the person who sent them to you.

It’s bad enough that we have to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak without having to worry about scams associated with it.  Unfortunately, that’s the world we live in...

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