The increased video conferencing activity due to COVID-19 has given cybercriminals the opportunity to use typosquatting and URL hijacking by imitating many of the top conferencing platforms.

Popular video conferencing applications such as Zoom, Teams and Google are seeing their names used by malicious actors to create newly registered fake domains with Zoom seemingly being singled out at this time. Since January 1 the security firm has seen about 1,700 new domains registered using the word “zoom” in some fashion with 25 percent of these new registrations happing in the last seven days.

Cyber gangs have also noted and are taking advantage of the increase in online learning with K-12 and universities opting to continue teaching remotely. This has resulted in domains using Google Classroom in some manner being created replacing googleclassroom.com with googloclassroom\.com and googieclassroom\.com.

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