Aug 4, 2022

VirusTotal Reveals Most Impersonated Software in Malware Attacks

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Threat actors are increasingly mimicking legitimate applications like Skype, Adobe Reader, and VLC Player as a means to abuse trust relationships and increase the likelihood of a successful social engineering attack.

Other most impersonated legitimate apps by icon include 7-Zip, TeamViewer, CCleaner, Microsoft Edge, Steam, Zoom, and WhatsApp, an analysis from VirusTotal has revealed.

“One of the simplest social engineering tricks we’ve seen involves making a malware sample seem a legitimate program,” VirusTotal said in a Tuesday report. “The icon of these programs is a critical feature used to convince victims that these programs are legitimate.”

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