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Cyber threats hidden in fake video conferencing apps increased 1,067% during the pandemic

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Be careful, because cyber threats hidden in fake video conferencing apps increased 1,067% during the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic forced a large number of people to move their work home, resulting in an unprecedented increase in the use of video conferencing applications.

Cyber threats in fake video conferencing apps increased by 1,067%

This situation has been exploited by cybercriminals to distribute malware disguised as some of the most popular virtual meeting applications, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Lifesize, Join.me, Flock, and Gotomeeting.

In this regard, cyberthreats hidden in video conferencing applications increased by 1,067% in one year.

Cyber threats hidden in fake video conferencing apps increased 1,067% during the pandemic
Cyber threats hidden in fake video conferencing apps increased 1,067% during the pandemic

Attackers take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic

Cyber attackers distribute malicious files via emails or phishing websites to lure victims into downloading an installer, which hides malware inside.

In March 2020, 90,000 malicious installers hidden under the name of popular meeting apps were detected, while in February 2020, this number jumped to 1.05 million, representing a nearly 12-fold increase.

Most threats were detected in January 2021, when victims faced 1.15 million cyber threats.

In 2020, hackers attacked victims with this type of malware about 411,000 times per month. The volume of attacks increased steadily during 2020, with a notable increase in November and December.

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