New Trojan malware steals millions of login credentials
Cyber ââsecurity researchers have revealed a new type of custom Trojan horse malware who managed to infiltrate more than three million Windows computers and steal nearly 26 million login credentials for roughly one million websites.
The conclusions of North Security categorizes websites into a dozen categories, which include virtually all popular messaging services, social media platforms, file storage and sharing services, e-commerce platforms, financial platforms, etc.
In total, the unnamed malware managed to siphon off 1.2 terabytes of personal data, including over one million unique email addresses, over two billion cookies, and over six million other files.
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âFor every malware recognized and covered worldwide, there are thousands of custom viruses designed specifically for the buyer’s needs. These are unnamed pieces of malicious code that are compiled and sold on forums and private chats for as little as $ 100, â Explain North Security.
Threat of public Wi-Fi
Research revealed that this malware also deleted over six million files that victims had on their desktops and in download folders. He also took a screenshot of the infected machine and even tried to take a photo of the victim using the device’s webcam.
Worryingly, Nord Security adds that while the amount of data stolen is shocking, unnamed custom malware isn’t the only threat to a user’s data.
It then shares that one in four Wi-Fi networks have no encryption or password protection, leaving large amounts of user data vulnerable to theft.
“Anti-malware software like anti-virus does not fully protect our devices. Public Wi-Fi is just as dangerous to our connections as malware. In many cases, public Wi-Fi can have misconfigured firewalls that allow hackers to monitor your Wi-Fi connection, âsaid Daniel Markuson, digital security expert at NordVPN, Nord Security VPN service.