phishingZoom hosted about 10 million users late last year. It was a pretty good figure for a service that only a few people knew existed. With COVID-19 burning through the entire world, preventing people from going out of their house, the user base of the service has grown to a massive 200 million users. That’s an impressive increase. However, it also comes with a threat since cybercriminals would want to have a piece of the pie.

Cybercriminals will follow the herd since that is exactly where the money is. As Zoom’s user base continue to increase, scammers will also work double time as they try to trick users by launching phishing scams.

 

 

More Hackers Impersonate Zoom

A report by Check Point Research showed that hackers have registered nearly 2,500 domains related to Zoom from April to May this year. About 320 of these domains were considered suspicious while 32 were considered malicious.

Cybercriminals are using email in order to launch phishing emails to steal the credentials of Zoom users to spread malware. Scammers will run the phishing attacks that sent legitimate looking emails. It contains a button that says open the Zoom app. But once users click on it, a malware will be downloaded on to their device.

Everyone is at risk of Zoom attacks. However, most cases involve businesses and individuals that are related to the government, transportation, manufacturing, and telecommunications.

Signs of Zoom Scams

The first email contains a Zoom account as the subject and it comes with a welcome message that’s intended for new users that recently opened an account with the service. Scammers will try to convince users to click on a malicious link to active their account by inputting their login credentials on the fake website that is controlled by the cybercriminals, who will collect and steal your information.

The second email has missed zoom meeting on the subject line. It will try to convince you that you have missed a zoom meeting and that you can check your missed conference by clicking on a link. Once you click on that, you will be directed to a fake website where you’ll be asked to enter your Zoom credentials.

The third email targets industrial firms, technology, marketing, construction, IT, energy, and manufacturing with malware, instead of phishing Columbia SC. The email subject line says your meeting has been cancelled and that you can do a Zoom call instead. Hackers are trying to get access to your personal information, computer files, and credit card details.

What to do to avoid Zoom phishing scams?

  1. Be careful when opening emails from people you don’t know. Do not reply to the email and don’t forward it to others.
  2. Do not download files or click on links on an email that comes from a person or company you don’t know.
  3. Update your operating system and all of the applications you have on your computer.
  4. Use unique and strong passwords.
  5. Zoom’s official domains are zoom.us and zoom.com. Other domains similar to these two are fake.

 

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now and let our IT experts help make sure that your business is safe from phishing attacks and other types of cyberthreats.

 

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