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The coronavirus is sending the world into a panic and hackers using it as bait to steal people's personal data.

Security experts have discovered cybercriminals are sending emails with a malicious strain of software disguised as information about the outbreak.

The emails, discovered in Japan, claim the virus has spread like wildfire throughout the country and prompt recipients to open an attachment to 'learn more'.

This attachment gives hackers access to the victim's computer, allowing them to harvest personal data and infect their computers with a virus.

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Security experts have discovered cybercriminals are sending emails with a malicious strain of software disguised as information about the outbreak. The emails, discovered in Japan, claim the virus has spread like wildfire throughout the country and prompt recipients to open an attachment to 'learn more'

Security experts have discovered cybercriminals are sending emails with a malicious strain of software disguised as information about the outbreak. The emails, discovered in Japan, claim the virus has spread like wildfire throughout the country and prompt recipients to open an attachment to 'learn more'

The coronavirus from Wuhan is one which has never been seen before this outbreak. It has been named SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. The name stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2.

Experts say the bug, which has killed around one in 50 patients since the outbreak began in December, is a 'sister' of the SARS illness which hit China in 2002, so has been named after it.

The disease that the virus causes has been named COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019.

And now hackers are taking advantage of people's fears.

Security Experts with IBM X-Force and Kasperky uncovered the malicious emails, which they found 'are composed of different representations of the current date and the Japanese word for 'notification', in order to suggest urgency,' IBM X-Force shares in a blog post

Security Experts with IBM X-Force and Kasperky uncovered the malicious emails, which they found 'are composed of different representations of the current date and the Japanese word for 'notification', in order to suggest urgency,' IBM X-Force shares in a blog post

Security Experts with IBM X-Force and Kasperky uncovered the malicious emails, which they found 'are composed of different representations of the current date and the Japanese word for 'notification', in order to suggest urgency,' IBM X-Force shares in a blog post.

The emails appear to be sent by a disability welfare service provider in Japan, which warn recipients the outbreak has spread to certain parts of the country and urges the reader to open the attach document to learn more about the outbreak.

To make the emails seem authentic, hackers have added a footer at the bottom, complete with a postal address as well as a phone and fax number.

Kaspersky analyst Anton Ivanov said: 'The coronavirus, which is currently hotly debated in the media, has been used as a bait by cybercriminals.'

'So far, we've only identified ten unique files, but since this type of activity is common to popular media topics, we expect this number to increase.

The emails appear to be sent by a disability welfare service provider in Japan, which warn recipients the outbreak has spread to certain parts of the country and urges the reader to open the attach document to learn more about the outbreak

The emails appear to be sent by a disability welfare service provider in Japan, which warn recipients the outbreak has spread to certain parts of the country and urges the reader to open the attach document to learn more about the outbreak

To make the emails seem authentic, hackers have added a footer at the bottom, complete with a postal address as well as a phone and fax number.

To make the emails seem authentic, hackers have added a footer at the bottom, complete with a postal address as well as a phone and fax number.

'As people continue to worry about their health, fake documents that are said to educate them about the corona virus may be spreading more and more malware.'

The first human cases were publicly reported from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where approximately 11 million people live, after medics first started

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