New malware is now attacking Zoom users everywhere, aiming to steal your private banking details via the popular video chat app.
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The malware was recently identified by experts at Cyble Research & Intelligence Labs. Now they are trying to warn those who use the app regularly to protect themselves.
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What does this malware do?
The malware known as IcedID was put into action by threat actors who actively proliferate it using modified versions of the Zoom application. This has affected countless businesses as Zoom has grown tremendously in popularity, particularly among businesses that transitioned to working from home at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The malware acts as a loader (a type of malware used to install other malware on a computer) by stealing these companies’ private information and dropping additional malware on their employees’ computers.
This means that it steals sensitive information and might also install other malicious software that can cause further damage. This can cause significant damage to the affected companies as they may lose valuable information and suffer from additional security breaches or system disruption.
Aside from being a loader, IcedID can also download additional modules from the Internet and deliver other malware families, making it much more difficult for the user to get rid of the malware once it has been injected into a computer. Once downloaded, their main purpose is to steal private banking credentials.
How does the malware spread?
The most common way IcedID was distributed among users was through spam emails. The malware is hidden in email attachments found in malicious Office files. However, these Zoom hackers tried a new technique that many were unprepared for this time.
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They are using a phishing website called explorezoom.com to deliver the malware. That is a fakewebsite disguised as the official Zoom domain whose only purpose is to distribute the IcedID malware. The site tells users that in order to use Zoom they need to download a file with the nameZoomInstallerFull.exe. The file downloads the actual Zoom application to distract the user from the fact that IcedID malware is also being downloaded onto their device.
How can I protect myself from IcedID?
The best way to protect yourself from any type of malware is to install quality antivirus protection on your device. You can install this on your phone, tablet and laptop. It would be a good idea to suggest this to your company if you work from home and use a device provided by your employer.
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