Hackers exploiting Zoom newfound popularity amid coronavirus pandemic

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“With so many people working from home or looking to connect with family and friends amid the coronavirus pandemic, video conferencing platform Zoom is having a big moment.

However, according to this article in Mashable, this makes Zoom a prime target for hackers looking to take advantage of the service’s newfound popularity.

According to Check Point, there have been 1,700 new Zoom-related domains registered since the pandemic began. Of those names, 25 percent of them were registered in just the past week. Researchers were able to confirm that at least 70 of the domains were being used maliciously, often as phishing websites in order to steal unsuspecting users’ personal information.

Some hackers are going even further than phishing attacks. Check Point discovered malicious “.exe” files with Zoom in their file name. Researchers found that running these files installed software that opened up a victim’s computer to further attacks.

Zoom has seen exponential growth since the coronavirus pandemic. Some reports say that the company has seen its daily user number quadruple. Analysts estimated that Zoom added more than 2.2 million new users in 2020 right before coronavirus was officially declared a pandemic in the U.S. this month. To compare, the company added 1.9 million new users in all of 2019.

With a service so rapidly gaining traction, so many new users make for prime targets for hackers and other bad actors. New scams and hacks related to Zoom are likely poised to exponentially grow, just like its user base.”

Full article can be found on Mashable

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