Proofpoint, a Cybersecurity firm, has identified an exploit being used by hackers through a vulnerability in Microsoft Word to spread malware. The firm states that this has been happening since 2016. Increased fears over the coronavirus have given another way for hackers to trick users.

Hackers are exploiting fears over the coronavirus to attempt attacks against the global shipping industry in particular states, an American cybersecurity Company.

The California-based Cybersecurity Firm Proofpoint says it has recognized an email crusade that utilizes Microsoft Word attachments intended to fool recipients into introducing a kind of malware known as AZORult to their computers. This is malicious software designed to steal sensitive materials from clients’ personal computers.

Proofpoint has identified that the said hackers have been using the vulnerability in MS Word to spread AZORult, including other malware, at least since the year 2016. Not only that, but the hackers have also been duping people to downloading ransomware that can keep unfortunate casualties out of their systems except if they pay. In any case, there is no proof at the moment that ransomware has been utilized in this new scam.

The organization says the new email trick exploits worries about the infection, which has sickened in excess of 37,000 individuals around the world.

Its utilization right now focuses on its demonstrated viability in different assaults and the assailant’s conviction that the businesses they’re focusing on are delayed to send patches said Proofpoint.

It says the hackers appear to be advanced and have focused on ventures that are vulnerable to shipping interruptions, including manufacturing industries, transportation, cosmetic, finance, industrial and pharmaceutical companies at large.

Workers in all industries are being warned to be extra careful when they receive coronavirus-themed email messages with attachments, they should also note not to open links and websites presented as they could be utilized by hackers as decoys.

The hackers give off an impression of working out of Russia or someplace in Eastern Europe to exert their attacks, said Proofpoint.

All messages with Coronavirus-subjects and attachments must be treated with vigilance. Regardless of whether they have all the earmarks of being straightforwardly health-related.

The anticipation of security vulnerabilities, dangers, and occurrences are wiser and less expensive than criminological examinations and alleviation of the outcomes of cyberattacks.

The act of utilizing major events worldwide by putting together malicious messages with respect to current significant subjects has gotten regular among cybercriminals. Such a system can fool more unfortunate casualties into clicking links and opening of malicious files. This eventually expands the adequacy of a malware campaign.

Researchers state that what makes these assaults rather uncommon is the way that they convey computer viruses. They use emails urging recipients to open attached word documents described as an alleged notification with respect to disease anticipation measures.

Increasingly malevolent email traffic is expected in the future dependent on the coronavirus infection and fear spreads and the impact of the outbreak.