Kaspersky: Cybercrime exploit textbooks and essays to spread malware between students
Cybercrime exploit also textbooks and essays to spread malware between students. It has been discovered by Kaspersky cyber security experts. The researchers checked how many infections identified in files with school- and student-related filenames, and over the past academic year, cyber criminals who have been targeting the field of education, have tried to attack our users more than 356,000 times in total. Of these, 233,000 cases were malicious essays that were downloaded to computers owned by more than 74,000 people and that our solutions managed to block. About a third of those files were textbooks: 122,000 attacks by malware was disguised as textbooks. More than 30,000 users tried to open these files.
The cyber security experts: The top malware that are spreading are MediaGet, WinLNK.Agent.gen, Win32.Agent.ifdx, and the Worm.Win32 Stalk.a
According to the cyber security experts, English textbooks hiding malware were most popular among K-12 students with 2,080 attempted downloads. Math textbooks were the next most common, nearly infecting the computers of 1,213 students. Literature closes out the top three most dangerous subjects with 870 potential victims. Cybercrime also targeted less popular subjects, as natural sciences and in less commonly taught foreign languages at both the K-12 and college levels. The top malware that are spreading are MediaGet, WinLNK.Agent.gen and Win32.Agent.ifdx (they download cryptominers), and the Worm.Win32 Stalk.a. This last one penetrates all devices that are connected to it and tries to email itself to victim’s contacts list. Furthermore it can download other malicious applications and steal files from your user’s computer.