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Johns Hopkins University statement on malware disguised as COVID-19 map

March 17, 2020
CONTACT: Douglas J. Donovan
Office: 443-997-9907; Cell: 443-462-2947
douglasjdonovan@jhu.edu @jhumediareps

Johns Hopkins University has learned about the existence of malware designed to look like the university’s coronavirus tracking map in an effort to steal information from users who visit the fake site.

The Johns Hopkins COVID-19 map on the university’s website does not contain malware and is safe to navigate.

The malicious application requires users to download software or launch the fake map, which opens the malware.

The Johns Hopkins dashboard is hosted by Esri as part of its ArcGis Online offering. According to Esri, “a malicious person created a Windows-based application containing malware whose display is practically identical to the Hopkins dashboard.”

If you receive an email containing a link to download such an item or come across the code for the malicious app please report it immediately to the Esri incident response team through ArcGIS Trust Center security concern page.

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