Skype-Themed Apps Hide a Raft of Malware
Hundreds of thousands of malware files are disguised as well-known social conferencing and collaboration apps.
Popular conferencing apps have become a major cybercrime lure during the COVID-19 work-from-home era – and Skype is the undisputed leader when it comes to being impersonated by malicious downloads, researchers have found.
- An April analysis from Kaspersky uncovered a total of 120,000 suspicious malware and adware packages in the wild masquerading as versions of the video calling app.
- The research found that among a total of 1,300 suspicious files not using the Skype name, 42 percent were disguised as Zoom, followed by WebEx (22 percent), GoToMeeting (13 percent), Flock (11 percent) and Slack (11 percent).
- There were also some malware threats disguised as shortcuts to applications that Kaspersky detected as Exploit.Win32.CVE-2010-2568. This is “an old, yet still widespread malicious code that allows attackers to infect the target with additional malware,” according to the firm.
- In the current landscape, when most of us are working from home, it is extremely important to make sure that what we use as a tool for online social meeting is downloaded from a legitimate source.