There’s a new alert for Windows users and this one looks particularly scary. The new attack uses a revamped version of the infamous CryptBot bug, which is fully capable of installing information-stealing malware on Microsoft-powered PCs. Once infected, users could find their entire web browsing history and even credit card details and personal files handed over to hackers.
According to Ahn Lab security team, the latest and advanced version of CryptBot is distributed via tempting search results on Google. These appear when people go to the web to search for free downloads of professional software, games, and blockbuster movies.
To make matters worse, these malware-filled websites are constantly adapting and changing to ensure that they continue to target a different group of users.
Another disturbing change to the CryptBot bug is that it is now much better at stealing data from the popular Chrome browser.
Previous versions struggled to infiltrate data from the latest versions of Chrome, but this is no longer the case as it was believed that the new malware could expose personal details even when the software is fully up-to-date.
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Explaining further, the Ahn Lab team said, “CryptBot is an information stealer that is usually distributed under the disguise of web pages that share cracks and tools. Distribution pages are exposed at the top of the page search results from search engines such as Google, so the risk of infection is high, and the number of relevant detection cases is also relatively high.
“CryptBot is one of the most changing malware, with its distribution pages constantly being created.”
It seems that the easiest way to prevent your data from falling into the hands of hackers is to avoid all types of sites that offer access to pirated software or premium games for free.
Even if you see a result on Google, it could still be a scam and being tricked could expose you to this horrible new virus.
This new threat comes just days after Windows 10 users were warned to be on high alert due to the resurgence of the nasty QBot bug. This malware first appeared in 2007, but is now back and more terrifying than ever. According to security experts from Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR), this latest threat can give hackers full access to personal files such as emails, passwords and web browsing history within 30 minutes. following the initial infection.
The malware appears to be spread via fake phishing emails that attempt to trick users into downloading the bug with subject lines including tax payment reminders, job offers, and even COVID-19 alerts. 19.