At least two threat actors have recently been observed distributing malicious Windows shortcut files designed to infect victims with malware.

Late last week, cybersecurity researchers from Varonis reported seeing the dreaded Emotet threat actor, as well as the lesser-known Golden Chickens group (AKA Venom Spider), distributing .ZIP archives via email, and in those archives, .LNK files.

Using Windows shortcut files to deploy malware or ransomware on the target endpoint is not exactly novel, but these threat actors have given the idea a brand new spin. 

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Shortcuts posing as PDF files

The majority of older readers are probably guilty of customizing their game desktop shortcuts in the past, at least on one occasion.

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