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A smile? You got hacked

A smile? You got hacked

One particularly vicious Trojan spread through illegal downloads ofAdobe Photoshop 2018, Windows 10 cracks and pirated games. A significant number of PCs have been “foolishly” hacked for nearly 2 years.


a bad “hacker” takes care of your data 🙂

The effectiveness of this malware was discovered almost by accident. A group of hackers accidentally revealed the location of a database resulting from the exploitation of this malware. This database could be analyzed (and obviously removed from the storage space where it was). 3.2 million Windows computers were infected by the malware, resulting in the theft of 1.2 TB of files, cookies and credentials between 2018 and 2020. The database included 2 billion cookies, over 400 million, or 22% of those that were still valid at the time of discovery. At the heart of the data “pumped” by the malware, there are no less than 6 million files recovered from the Desktop and Downloads folders. 3 million text files, 900,000 images and over 600,000 Word files made up the bulk of the stolen database. webcam spy

Smile, you are being filmed

The other naughty part of this mass hack is that the malware also photographed the user if the PC had a webcam. Again the volume attached to this capture is significant. All in all, the volume of stolen data is huge and the worst thing is that the victims probably never knew that their files had been “pumped” by a malware. A situation that has been revealed in detail by NordLocker, an encrypted cloud hosting service, from the same family as NordVPN, which obviously allows it to highlight the interest of its service. To summarize this story:

  • A Trojan horse malware, transmitted via email and illegal software was able to suck up a large amount of data. The malware appears to be spreading with cracked versions of Adobe Photoshop 2018, a Windows cracking tool and several cracked games.
  • The data was collected from 3.25 million computers. The malware stole nearly 26 million login credentials containing 1.1 million unique email addresses, over 2 billion cookies and 6.6 million files.
  • Unnamed or customized Trojans like this are widely available online for as little as $100 on the darknet.

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Edited by Calliers

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