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COVID-19 PPE Phishing Campaign Delivers Agent Tesla RAT Malware

Jessica Davis

A report from Agent 1 Security warns all sectors that a prominent phishing campaign is preying on COVID-19 fears, sending targeted emails offering personal protective equipment (PPE) that instead deliver Agent Tesla remote access trojan (RAT) malware.

Throughout the pandemic, hackers have sent a variety of phishing campaigns tied to COVID-19 in order to take advantage of the crisis for financial gain. The Agent Tesla COVID-19 phishing campaign began in May and has since launched multiple iterations, while maintaining the text found in the email body.

Agent Tesla was first spotted in the wild in 2014, but researchers have seen a resurgence as a preferred MaaS, “superseding even TrickBot and Emotet.” The success of Agent Tesla is based on its adaptability to...

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