New crypto token claims to “help” COVID-19 victims
April 3, 2020
A newly launched website has released a crypto token called “Corona Virus Token.” Similar to other crypto tokens, it claims to be completely decentralized and that there is limited supply of 1 million tokens. The site displays “LET’S HELP THE VICTIMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS AROUND THE WORLD”, in an attempt to cash in on the sympathy for victims of the pandemic.
Usually when a new token or crypto coin is introduced, it is listed on popular exchanges such as Coin Market Cap or Coinbase to facilitate trading. However, Corona Virus Token is not listed.
The website’s registration details:
It is notable that many other sites are hosted on the same network. And the IP address has been blacklisted multiple times.
Given that “Follow” is spelt as “Fallow” on the website, there is reason to believe the threat actors are using a Dvorak layout keyboard, in which the ‘A’ and ‘O’ keys are adjacent to each other.
Social media presence
The group is advertising the token across social media sites, ranging from Facebook to Discord. This lends the operation an air of legitimacy and increases traffic to the site.
Several of the group’s social media posts are in Spanish, and their official social media accounts follow many Spanish speakers, indicating that some, or all of the group members, are Spanish speakers.