US Health and Human Services employees were warned yesterday of malware in a fake coronavirus mapping website, an HHS employee not authorized to speak on the record told CNN.
“A malicious website pretending to be a live map for coronavirus Covid-19 global cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the Internet waiting for unwitting Internet users to visit the website,” an email to employees read.
The warning came in a department-wide correspondence that detailed the malware as an "information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sense of data,” adding that anyone searching for coronavirus information on the internet could unwittingly click on the fake map.
“Our cybersecurity team is working with numerous stakeholders to ensure this map is taken offline,” the email read.
HHS did not respond to CNN's request for comment.