Google launches crackdown, takes down domains tied to CryptBot malware
Google will take down current and future domains that are tied to the distribution of CryptBot malware, which is targeting users of Google Chrome.
Even as awareness is raised about spread of cyber crime, hackers keep coming up with different ideas to steal data and money from people. Crackdowns have come frequently and Google has been an active part of keeping these campaigns going to stop the spread of malware in order to protect users. Google is currently targeting Cryptbot malware distributors. They are paid to spread malware as much as possible for users to download and install, which subsequently infects machines and steals user data and money.
"Yesterday, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York unsealed our civil action against the malware distributors of Cryptbot, which we estimate infected approximately 670,000 computers this past year and targeted users of Google Chrome to steal their data. We're targeting the distributors who are paid to spread malware broadly for users to download and install, which subsequently infects machines and steals user data," Google said in a blog post.
Cryptbot: All you need to know
CryptBot is a type of malware that is often referred to as an “infostealer” because it is designed to identify and steal sensitive information from victims' computers such as authentication credentials, social media account logins, cryptocurrency wallets, and more.
CryptBot then sends the stolen data to be harvested and eventually sold to bad actors to use in data breach campaigns. CryptBot distributors offer maliciously modified versions of many software packages, including Google Earth Pro and Google Chrome. Users download and install these packages, without realizing that doing so infects their machines with malware, the blog post explained.
It further informed that the recent CryptBot versions have been designed to specifically target users of Google Chrome.
Google has filed litigation against several of CryptBot's major distributors who they believe are based in Pakistan and operate a worldwide criminal enterprise. The legal complaint is based on a variety of claims, including computer fraud and abuse and trademark infringement. To hamper the spread of CryptBot, the court has granted a temporary restraining order to bolster Google's ongoing technical disruption efforts against the distributors and their infrastructure.
"The court order allows us to take down current and future domains that are tied to the distribution of CryptBot. This will slow new infections from occurring and decelerate the growth of CryptBot," the blog post stated.
How to combat security risks
Here are some of the points, Cybercrime Support Network recommends users to protect themselves against malware like CryptBot:
Download from well-known and trusted sources.
Read reviews and do your research.
Keep your operating system and software up-to-date.
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