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Modern Threat Landscape: Weaponizing Trust

Traditionally, cybercriminals relied on building their infrastructure to host and distribute malware. However, the landscape has shifted. Cloud platforms, like Facebook, offer a readily available and seemingly legitimate platform for attackers.

With Generative AI capturing widespread interest, cybercriminals exploit this fascination to distribute malware through trusted platforms like Facebook.

Imagine a Facebook page filled with authentic content and social proof and endorsements, creating an enticing atmosphere. To access the “exclusive” software, users need to download a password-protected installer. The password increases the perceived value and evades detection by basic virus scanners that usually skips analyzing password-protected files. While the installer itself is harmeless, it covertly harbors malicious software designed to steal user data (e.g., cookies) or take control of their device without their consent.

If you want to see how these techniques are used in a real example, let me know. I won’t share a real example here because of the risks involved with such websites. Stay tuned for more – I’ll be diving into some emerging cutting-edge cybersecurity threats that leverage AI capabilities during the upcoming workshop.

For your safety, download software only from trusted sources.

Download with Caution: Stick to Trusted Sources.  While social media can be fun and informative, there are better places to download software. Malware can easily lurk behind seemingly legitimate pages.

Protect Yourself

Official Channels Only: Download software directly from the developer’s website or trusted app stores.

Think Before You Click: Avoid clicking on links or downloading files from unknown sources on social media.

Verify Reviews: If you need clarification on a program, check independent reviews from reputable tech publications.