Some 9000 people have suffered fresh malware attacks in Nigeria, and according to Kaspersky Protection Technologies, the cybercriminals, which came in a new move, are actively abusing the names of artists and songs nominated for a Grammy 2020 award, to spread malware.
Kaspersky said it detected a 39 per cent rise in attacks (attempts to download or run malicious files) under the guise of nominees’ work in 2019, compared to 2018. Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Post Malone were attackers’ favourites, with these nominees’ names used most often in 2019 as a disguise for malware.
Also, while the number of users attacked by Malware disguised as Billie Eilish songs in Nigeria accounted for only 381 in 2018, 2019 saw this number increase to 9,722. Overall, Nigeria saw 55 of such malicious files distributed in this region in 2019, with 94,630 attacks.