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PSA: Hackers target music lovers and the 2020 Grammy's

By Ken Wong - on 31 Jan 2020, 10:20am

Hackers target music lovers and the 2020 Grammy’s

Nominees’ and winners of the 2020 Grammy’s are having their names and songs abused by cybercriminals.

Artists’ like Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Post Malone were used most to disguise malicious files, with over half (55%) of detected malicious files named after them and their songs.

“Cybercriminals understand what is popular and always strive to capitalize on that. Music, alongside TV shows, is one of the most popular types of entertainment and, as a result, an attractive means to spread malware, which criminals readily use,” said Anton Ivanov, a Kaspersky security analyst.

Kaspersky researchers analysed Grammy 2020 nominated artists’ names and song titles for malware. They found 30,982 malicious files that used the names of artists or their tracks in order to spread malware.


Same Stuff, Different Day

But while a cause for concern, this represents nothing new in the arsenal of cybercriminals.

Every holiday, shopping period, natural disaster, or anything popular, cybercriminals will find a way to use it to targets, unsuspecting users. But despite all the warnings, some users still fall victim to these attacks.

To avoid falling victim to malicious programs pretending to be popular music files, Kaspersky recommends taking the following steps:

  • If you want to listen or download famous artists' songs, use reputable services like Apple Music, Spotify Premium, and Amazon Music. Or try to find recognized free music sites that allow you to download songs legally.
  • Try to avoid suspicious links, promising exclusive music content. Check musicians’ official social media accounts or read reputable music blogs like Pitchfork, to make sure that such content exists.
  • Look at the downloaded file extension. Even if you are going to download an audio or video file from a source you consider trusted and legitimate, the file should have an mp3, .avi, .mkv or .mp4 extension among other music and video formats, definitely not .exe or .lnk.

For  more information and source: Kaspersky

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