Malicious threats disguised as Zoom meetings are on the rise

Teodor Nechita
by Teodor Nechita
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  • The latest Atlas VPN report shows concerning numbers regarding the increase of malicious attacks lately.
  • Malicious threats were sent to their victims in form of fake websites of the video conference apps.
  • Victims would receive emails from fake websites that allegedly belonged to these apps, inviting them to download infected packages.
  • In order to keep your device safe and protected is recommended to use a reliable and error-free antivirus.
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According to the most recent Atlas VPN report, it seems as though, the number of malicious files disguised as Zoom has increased tremendously over the past 12 months.

Considering that most people, due to the pandemic evolution, had to move their work from the office to home, this has brought a rise in the usage of online meeting applications.

Unfortunately, this has not been overlooked by criminals and it’s been an opportunity they have tried to benefit from fully.

Atlas VPN and cybersecurity

In the above-mentioned Atlas VPN report, we can find that the malicious attacks of cyberthreats disguised as videoconferencing applications had a1,067% growth in a year.

The malicious threats have been sent in the form of phishing emails and websites by creating authentic emails and websites.

Due to the similarity, victims would be inclined to download and install the packages, that actually contained the malware.

If in March 2020 Kasperksy identified 90,000 malicious installers hidden under the name of popular meeting apps, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Webex, HighFive, and more, in February 2020 the number jumped to 1.05 million.

The numbers offer reasons of concern since the trend seems to keep on rising by reaching 1.15 million cyber threats in February 2021.

The same report confirms this concern, specifying that already in the first 2 months of 2021 the number of attacks -2.2 million- already surpassed the number of attacks received for the entire 2020 – 4.11 million.

The best way to stay safe and away from all these attacks, is to check the legitimacy of the source before clicking on any attachment found in your email.

Additionally, using a strong and reliable antivirus solution is more than essential in order to ensure your device’s privacy and security.

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