Security firm Check Point Research has detected a considerable increase in the registration of fake domains and scams involving video conferencing services. According to a new study published by the company, phishing scams with pages that pretend to be platforms like Zoom, Google Meets and Microsoft Teams are increasingly common – riding the wave of these online meetings because of the new coronavirus pandemic.
According to the study, in just three weeks, 2,449 domains were found that look like the Zoom official, but are all registered by third parties. The figure almost doubles if the data is expanded by January this year. Of this total, 32 sites are proven to be criminal and 320 point to suspicious activity. These scams can vary, ranging from prompting you to enter login and password data to downloading fake apps.
In another very elaborate case, an email disguises itself as an invitation to a conference via Microsoft Teams, with a link for you to join the conference. However, the address leads you to download and install malware that can do a lot of damage to your computer.
A number of domains similar to Google Meets, which are free to use until September this year, also appeared online recently. They have typos or unusual writing in the address, so always check who sent you the link and if it is spelled correctly.
Also according to Check Point Research, the number of scams involving the pandemic tends to increase, but it is already quite high: 20,000 domains related to the new coronavirus were registered in just three weeks, 17% of which were false or pointing to virtual crimes . The coups grew especially from the second half of March.
The number of emails sent by a false representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) with attached files or accessed via links has also grown exponentially.