Cybercriminals are trying to trick zoom consumers, as video conferencing platforms are gaining in popularity because the coronavirus causes people to work remotely and socialize as a result of the outbreak.
In March, the number of daily Zoom meeting attendees reached more than 200 million as more than 10 million people turned to the platform in December to help adjust to life during the COVID-19 spread. In many cases, these are the first time people are working remotely.
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But the Zooms sudden growth in popularity is unnoticed and cybercriminals are increasingly targeting platform users.
According to the cybersecurity company BrandShield figures, the number of Zoom’s studded men in the world increased dramatically during March. By the end of the month, hundreds of people appear every day. As many as 2, 200 new ‘Zoom’ domains were registered in March alone, taking the total over 3,300.
Researchers note that about a third of these websites are connected to an email server, which indicates the possibility that they are being used in phishing attacks to obtain loan certificates from unrelated users.
Zoom Conference calls are expected to send invitations to remote workers, it provides attackers with the opportunity to send phishing emails containing links to phony login pages intended to steal the username and password entered. Which can attack and access corporate accounts and carry out further attacks?
”With global businesses big and small becoming increasingly reliant on video-conferencing facilities like Zoom, sadly, cybercriminals are trying to capitalize, ”said Yoav Kren, CEO of BrandShield.”
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Coronavirus has become a key lure used in cyberattacks; not only are attackers using fake domains, but the subject has become highly common in a phishing attack. Messages claiming to be from healthcare professionals, logistics providers, and others are being used in efforts to steal financial information, install malware and commit other cyberattacks.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) has previously warned that, as the coronavirus outbreak grows, the number of attacks it seeks to exploit will increase, and it has give tips on how to find and handle suspicious emails.