Remote collaboration platforms, which are on the rise due to the coronavirus, have become the new weapon of hackers. Hackers distribute malware through these platforms.
A new Cisco Talos Intelligence study published shows that hackers are increasingly using remote collaboration platforms such as Slack and Discord to distribute malware to victims.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, many organizations turned to remote collaboration platforms, resulting in hackers changing their attack tactics by keeping up with the era. Hackers install malware on Slack and Discord platforms, which have been on the rise after Covid-19, and obtain “look-like” links.
Cyber attackers then try to trap users by sharing these links to malware via email or in other chat applications. Discord was previously used to distribute Thanatos ransomware.
File hosting features are abused
Abusing the file hosting features of platforms like Discord and Slack has become one of the most common attack methods. Among the malware installed on these platforms are Phoenix Keylogger and LimeRAT.
Cisco researchers recommend using extreme caution when clicking links related to remote collaboration platforms. By ignoring unfamiliar or distrusted links, you can effectively protect yourself against such attacks.