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‘Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams are hackers new favourite too’ – Times of India


Now that everyone is being asked to adapt to the ‘new normal’, it is giving cyber criminals food for thought as they are now finding clever ways to dupe people. According to a report by Check Point research, 192,000 coronavirus-related cyber-attacks have been discovered per week over the past three weeks, which is a 30% increase compared to previous weeks.

As per the report, Zoom seems to be among the popular choices as in the last 3 weeks alone, around 2,500 new Zoom-related domains were registered and 1.5% of these domains are malicious (32) and other 13% are suspicious (320). The report also reveals that since January 2020 to date, a total of 6,576 Zoom-related domains have been registered globally.

It’s not just Zoom but Teams and Meet — the video conferencing tools from Microsoft and Google — are also being used to dupe people. Victims are falling prey to fake domains for both platforms, suggests the report.

In this report, CheckPoint also reveals that in the past three weeks, almost 20,000 new coronavirus-related domains were registered and 17% of these are malicious or suspicious, claims the report.

“When looking at new coronavirus-related registered domains, we have observed that the domains were representing different stages of the pandemic outbreak around the world,” says the report.

This means that with the spread of this outbreak, the way cyber criminals operate is also changing. For instance, at the beginning of the outbreak, domains related to live maps and coronavirus symptoms were coming up. By the end of March, relief packages and stimulus payments — which are a part of economic plans executed by several countries — were being used to dupe people. As of now, domains related to life after the coronavirus as well as about a possible second wave of the virus are at an high now that countries have started easing certain lockdown conditions.



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