News Internet & Security 51 51 people found this article helpful Don't Fall for the Latest Coronavirus Scam, Says Microsoft Beware of Excel attachments that claim to be from John Hopkins by News Editor Rob LeFebvre has been a freelance technology writer for 10 years and an educator for 20. His articles have appeared in 148Apps, Cult of Mac, Engadget, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Rob LeFebvre Published May 22, 2020 02:51PM EDT Internet & Security Phones Internet & Security Computers Smart & Connected Life Home Theater Software & Apps Social Media Streaming Gaming View More Tweet Share Email Phishing attempts like this one rely on tricking you into opening an attachment; make sure you aren't duped into it. Microsoft Microsoft took to Twitter to warn users of a phishing exploit it's been seeing lately that can trick users into opening a fake attachment that contains malicious Excel macros. How it works: The company said the COVID-19 themed campaign apparently started on May 12th and has used "several hundreds of unique attachments" to trick users into opening them. The emails seem to come from Johns Hopkins Center and could be titled "WHO COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT," which is a giveaway in itself. Most official emails won't yell at you in all caps. The attachment, says Microsoft, opens with a security warning that many users ignore, thinking the graph of supposed U.S. COVID-19 cases is legitimate. The opened file runs the NetSupport Manager remote access tool and executes the malicious Excel 4.0 macro contained within. What to do: It may seem obvious, but the only way you can avoid this type of attack is to not open any attachments like this. It's highly unlikely that Johns Hopkins is sending you a report from the World Health Organization, especially if you never signed up for such a thing. Be skeptical, and don't open things you're not sure of. Via: ZDNet Learn More About Scams Coronavirus Scams: What They Are and How to Protect Yourself From Them Microsoft Scams: Have You Been Hit?