Fake Grammy malware attacks hits UAE music fans – are you safe?

Neetika Rana
Categories: Business Transformation Secure your business
Tags: Microsoft 365 Security Windows 10 Windows 7 End of Support

Music fans in the UAE were among the many Grammy star followers to fall victim to malware attacks last year. Over 31,000 users in the Emirates are reported to have been among the victims who saw their systems infiltrated by malware disguised as music from Grammy nominees.

The victims downloaded malicious files with music purporting to come from some of their favorite stars.

What’s particularly alarming though is the same techniques was used in 2018 but then only 139 victims were in the UAE --- so the huge increase in attacks is concerning to say the least.

The fact is that you need to be on your guard against cyber-attacks like never before. The cyber criminals behind these attacks know their market well. They are acutely aware of what people like to download and they use this knowledge to their advantage.

News of malware attacks is becoming ever more commonplace and yet people continue to leave themselves vulnerable. This year users treading a thin line between security and vulnerability are those failing to wake up to the risks inherent in not upgrading from Windows 7, for which Microsoft has now withdrawn support, or planning upgrades from Office 2010 which reaches the end of its support life-cycle on October 13, this year.

Microsoft support for Windows 7 came to an end on January 14 which means users of the operating system no longer receive software updates, including critical security patches. So basically, if you’re still using Windows 7, you’re really vulnerable to cyber security risks, viruses and malware. Office 2010 have time to plan because from October 13, 2020 they will no longer get technical support from Microsoft, no bug or security fixes or security updates which can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Office 2010 will be retired and won’t be available for download from the Microsoft web site and while Office 2010 apps will continue to function, users could well expose themselves to potentially harmful security risks.

So, what should you do?

A starting point would be to take Cobweb’s free security risk assessment. Taking around only 15 minutes to complete, this involves talking through a questionnaire with one of our experts and we’ll then respond with an assessment of just how risk exposed you are, and we’ll make the best recommendations for you. Cyber health is like physical health – preventative action and early diagnosis is always best.

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