Cyber Security has to be taken more seriously nowadays as your favorite music legend, movie star, footballer can expose you to lots of danger. If you did not know, 9,000 Nigerians were victims of this tricky scam between 2019 and now. And most of the victims were strictly entertainment lovers and die-hard fans of The Grammy Awards.
How it works? It is simple. Those affected were made to believe that the famous nominees of the award like Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift sent them a link, music or any other interesting info, but it was all a well-planned deceit and clicking such links only lead to a malware attack.
Protection Solution Provider, Kaspersky had this to say recently, “Music has universal appeal; it is not just entertainment, but a form of therapy and education, as well as providing an atmosphere and message platform. Its popularity and widespread availability is the reason why, even in the age of streaming services, music is not free from malicious activity. Criminals use popular artistes’ names to spread malware hidden in music tracks or video clips.”
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“Cybercriminals understand what is popular and always strive to capitalise on them. The connection between the rise in popularity and malicious activity is very evident in the case of newer artistes such as Billie Eilish. The teenage singer became hugely popular in 2019, and the number of users who downloaded malicious files with her name has risen almost tenfold compared to 2018 – from 254 to 2171, the number of unique distributed malicious files – from 221 to 1,556.”