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Back to School? Be Careful of Malware Hiding As Textbooks

A new report by Kaspersky Lab warns that students looking to download electronic versions of textbooks and essays may end up infecting their system with malware downloaders that can expose them to a wide range of cyberattacks. Last year, the cybersecurity firm detected over 365,000 attacks involving malicious documents that were presented as educational content.

About 233,000 malicious essays were downloaded by over 74,000 users, while the remaining 112,000 attacks relied on malicious textbooks downloaded by over 30,000 users. The most popular subjects that malicious textbooks claimed to cover were English (2,080 downloads), math (1,213 downloads) and literature (870 downloads).

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