Hackers have succeeded in registering domain names in order to pretend to be organizations such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet. This is evident from a report by Check Point Research.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is also often used to mislead unsuspecting people. Hackers pretend to be employees of the organization and send emails on behalf of the WHO.
Malware hidden in fake emails
Now that many people are working from home because of the corona crisis, apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams are being used more. As more people use these video conference apps, the domains can be used to serve as official links, potentially misleading people. The hackers’ intent is to be the surfer malware download which gives hackers access to sensitive information or private computer systems.
In the past three weeks, 2,449 Zoom-related domains have already been registered, of which 32 are malicious and 320 are “suspicious” domains. In one phishing case, hackers sent an email that looked like an official email from Microsoft Teams. But the Teams button in the mail was linked to a dangerous link. Surfers who clicked on the link downloaded automatically malware on his / her computer.
More than 18 million complaints
Not only video conference apps are related to phishing. The World Health Organization (WHO) also has the same problem. As with Microsoft Teams, hackers hid a malicious link in the mail. Check Point Research also confirmed that there were two cases where a request was made to make a donation to a Bitcoin account.
And Google would also supposedly accept donations via Bitcoin. The company said it faced more than 18 million phishing emails and malware complaints in the month of April, in the context of the corona crisis. It’s a problem so common that the World Health Organization (WHO) has dedicated a whole page to scammers and Covid-19 hackers on their website.