Being nominated for a Grammy doesn’t not raise your Q-rating; it also, apparently, increases the likelihood that cybercriminals will appropriate your name or song tracks to trick targets into opening malicious files.
Researchers at Kaspersky looked at 14 musical artists who were nominated this year for a major Grammy award and determined that in 2019 there was a 39 percent year-over-year jump in attempts to download or execute malicious files disguised as content related to these 14 talented individuals.
In a press release today, Kaspersky said it uncovered 30,982 unique malicious files that invoked the following 14 artists’ names or song titles: Ariana Grande, “7 Rings”; Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”; Bon Iver, “Hey ma”; H.E.R., “Hard Place”; KHALID, “Talk”; Lady Gaga, “Always Remember Us This Way”; Lana Del Rey, “Norman F*cking Rockwell”; Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved”; LIL NAS X, “Old Town Road”; Lizzo, “Truth Hurts”; and Post Malone and SwaeLee, “Sunflower”.
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