Not all criminals are profiting during the pandemic.
Digital Shadows summarizes the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the online criminal economy. Some scammers are predictably profiting from the situation. Since people are doing much more shopping online, the criminals see increased opportunities for carding and other forms of online fraud. They're also shifting their direct fraud to follow the market by exploiting the demand for face masks, vaccines, and other items people want but can't get. Sometimes it’s because the stuff isn’t available, like face masks or toilet paper. Sometimes, as in the case of the vaccines, it's because such things don't exist. And of course some of the fraud is familiar snake oil, like the colloidal silver cure-all. Scammers are also reworking their phishing templates to include COVID-19-related content, the better to pique potential victims' interest. These tactics have been very apparent for weeks from the consumer side.
On the other hand, some types of criminals are feeling economic pain. Opportunities for travel and event fraud have essentially dried up. Gangs who specialize in bank fraud are having difficulty completing their theft if it requires a physical transfer of goods or cash, as it often does. Amazon has also blocked all shipments of non-essential products to its warehouses, so cybercriminals can no longer make use of Amazon's delivery network to ship their goods.
Kwampirs RAT targets healthcare and other industries.
The FBI warned that an APT is using the Kwampirs remote access Trojan to compromise organizations in the healthcare, software supply chain, energy, and engineering sectors in the US, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The Bureau says the healthcare sector is particularly at risk. Some of the software supply chain vendors specialized in industrial control system products for hospitals. The FBI says the observed samples of Kwampirs don't possess data-wiping capabilities, but the malware shares some code similarities with the Shamoon wiper. ZDNet observes that this is the third supply-chain warning the FBI has issued in as many months.