Posted By: Ryan Richardson – 10/19/2022 12:00:00 am
Are you really downloading Zoom… or is it malware?
When you think of tools for remote working and chatting online, one of the first names on your mind is Zoom.
But its popularity has opened the door for cybercriminals. They are using your name to steal sensitive data.
Researchers have discovered at least six convincing-looking download sites. They are not the real thing. They are designed to entice you to download FAKE Zoom software, which contains ‘information stealers’ and other forms of malware (malicious software).
Accidentally use one of these sites thinking you’re downloading a Zoom update… and you risk sensitive data being stolen. Possibly your banking information, passwords, or browsing history.
Some can even steal your multi-factor authentication details. That could give cybercriminals access to your most sensitive data.
The investigation also found these ‘thief records’ for sale on the dark web, where criminals can purchase this information and use it to gain access to commercial networks.
Once a cybercriminal has access to your network, all the data you have stored becomes a target. In extreme cases, this can leave you vulnerable to ransomware attacks or data theft.
While these fake sites can be incredibly convincing, follow these simple steps to avoid getting scammed.
- Before downloading the Zoom app (or any app), double check the address of the website you’re on. Is it what you’re waiting for? If you clicked on an email to get to that site, are you 100% sure it’s from the real company?
- Study the rest of the web page as well, looking for anything that doesn’t ring true, such as misspellings or clunky design.
- Make sure your security software is up to date and actively scanning for malware and suspicious downloads.
- Have a plan to implement this tip in your business.
If you need help or advice on keeping your business protected from malware and other security threats, get in touch.