Kaspersky: Names of Famous Artists Used to Spread Malicious Software

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Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky has scrutinized malware using the names and songs of Grammy 2020 candidates. According to the research, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Post Malone became the most used artists in malware last year.

Hackers add new ones every year to the methods users use to access their personal data. As the dangers in the virtual environment are increasing, a new study by Kaspersky researchers reveals that malicious software is hidden inside tracks or video clips using the names of artists.

Grammy Awards, described as the Oscars of the music world, have found their owners recently. The 18-year-old American singer Billie Eilish, who won five awards, was marked by the night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Kaspersky researchers, who examined the names and songs of the singers nominated in Grammy 2020, determined that the names of artists or songs were used in a total of 30,982 harmful files.

Eilish malicious files bearing the name Billie, 18.497 affected people in Turkey
Cybercriminals mostly used the names Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Post Malone to spread malware. Kaspersky says that 55 percent of the harmful files examined are named after these artists. According to the research, the number of harmful files bearing the name of Billie Eilish increased by 10 times in 2019 compared to last year, reaching 2171. and the number of users affected by malicious files bearing the name of the young singers in Turkey was determined to be 18.497. This number was only 139 last year.

Ariana Grande’s name was used most often to spread malware
In the research, which songs were used most in harmful files were also examined. Post Malone’s ‘Sunflower’ took the first place, followed by ‘Talk’ from Khalid and ‘Old Town Road’ from Lil Nas X, respectively.

Kaspersky researchers state that using Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music reliable digital music platforms is crucial for listening to famous artists or downloading their songs. Stating that the extension of the files downloaded from trusted music sites should be .mp3, .avi, .mkv or .mp4, the researchers call strictly to avoid extensions such as .exe or .lnk.

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