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Online scammers target Virtual-meeting apps to distribute cyberthreats: Kaspersky

Due to coronavirus pandemic, governments and health experts have recommended to stay home to prevent the spread of this infectious disease, and many companies are providing work from home to their employees. Ultimately, this has lead to an increase in demand of the Virtual-meeting apps. Amid coronavirus outbreak, cybersecurity experts from Kaspersky have been investigating the threat landscape for social meeting applications to ensure that users are secure.

Our news sources have confirmed that Kaspersky experts have detected around 1,300 files that have names similar to prominent virtual meeting applications such as Zoom, Slack, and Webex which Cybercriminals are using to distribute various cyber threats.

Besides this, the researchers at Kaspersky also investigated the threat aspect of the virtual-meeting platform to ensure that users experience a secure and safe environment on these virtual meeting applications. There are reports which suggest that Cybercriminals have been found spreading cyber-threats under cover from these popular virtual meeting apps. In a few cases, the analyst also found that such threats were mostly coded as. Ink files such as shortcuts to applications for social meetings platforms.

We have reports that Kaspersky experts also researched DealPly and DownloadSponsor, which are the two most popular families of adware and malware(Keep in mind that DealPly and DownloadSponsor software both can be viewed on a user’s computer after it is downloaded from an unauthentic source). They have also found an old malicious code known as Exploit. Win32.CVE-2010-2568, which allows the attackers to infect some computers with additional malware.

Kaspersky experts have also detected 120,000 various suspicious files which use the name of popular social meeting application Skype to distribute cyber threats. In fact, unlike other social meeting apps names, this specific name is used to spread not only adware but also numerous malware, especially trojans.

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