Following the governmental measures of limiting unnecessary public movements due to COVID-19, a number of European and non-European countries reported a lot of cyber incidents.


A high number of attacks are regarding malicious phishing campaigns offering prizes in the form of well-established brand gift cards.

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The Zeus Sphinx banking Trojan has recently resurfaced after a three years hiatus as part of a coronavirus-themed phishing campaign, the most common theme behind most attacks by far during the current pandemic.

Zeus Sphinx (also known as Zloader and Terdot) is a malware strain that was initially spotted back in August 2015 when its operators used it to attack several British financial targets and it is almost entirely based on the Zeus v2 Trojan’s leaked source code (just as Zeus Panda and Floki Bot).

This malware was later used in attacks targeting banks from all over the globe, from Australia and Brazil to North America, attempting to harvest financial data via web injections that make use of social engineering to convince infected users to hand out auth codes and credentials.

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A new phishing campaign has been spotted that pretends to be from a local hospital telling the recipient that they have been exposed to the Coronavirus and that they need to be tested.

With the Coronavirus pandemic affecting all corners of the world, we continue to see phishing actors try to take advantage of the fear and anxiety it is provoking to scare people into opening malicious email attachments.

In a new low, a threat actor is pretending to be from a local hospital telling the recipient that they have been in contact with a colleague, friend, or family member who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

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Key Findings

  •  The current crisis has had an impact on serious and organised crime and terrorism in the EU.
  • Individual criminals and organised crime groups (OCGs) have been quick to capitalise on emerging opportunities and have adapted well-known modi operandi to the current situation.
  • The most affected types of criminal activity include cybercrime, the supply of counterfeit and sub-standard goods, and various types of frauds and scams often linked to organised property crime.
  • Despite border closures and the introduction of further quarantine measures in MS, the crime threat remains dynamic and new or adapted types of criminal activities will continue to emerge during the crisis and in its aftermath.
  • The crisis has a significant impact on law enforcement authorities across the EU. A shift in the operational focus to public order policing is likely to have a detrimental impact on the availability of resources for investigations.


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