This malware is pure evil! It simply leaves you in danger; slap hackers THIS way

    You can deliver a tight slap across face of hackers who are running this dangerous malware.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 12:55 IST
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    WinDealer malware can open, write and delete files from your device. (REUTERS)
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    WinDealer malware can open, write and delete files from your device. (REUTERS)

    Cybersecurity researchers have discovered an extremely dangerous malware that is immune to most cybersecurity measures that are on your devices! The most interesting fact is that the attackers have apparently mastered the man-on-the-side attack method which makes it helpful to deliver malware as well as to control already infected computers. That means this horrific malware leaves users practically defenceless! Cybersecurity researchers from Kaspersky have found this spyware named WinDealer which is used by a Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actor called LuoYu.

    What is man-on-the-side attack? It simply implies that the attacker somehow controls the communication channel. That means online hackers view, download, and read any files available on your device. Not just that, it can even run a keyword search on all the documents! To deliver the malware to the target endpoint, the hackers use this man-on-the-side method, essentially hijacking in-transit network traffic. Also read: This wicked new Android malware steals passwords! Know how to protect your phone from this banking Trojan

    These malware groups target users in countries like India, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, and the United States. However, Majorly, WinDealer targets users in China. Hence, you should be aware of this new malware. Also read: Beware of dangerous PDF malware on email! It can break your Windows PC; just DON'T do this

    What harm does WinDealer malware can cause!

    • This vicious malware can easily manipulate files and the file system. Hackers can open, write and delete files, and collect data about directories and disks while escaping security measures.
    • Online fraudsters can download and upload arbitrary files as well as execute it.
    • Not just files, but malware allows hackers to collect information about hardware, network configuration, processes, keyboard layout, installed applications, and a lot more.
    • This malware can let the online fraudster to take screenshots of your screen and collect data about available Wi-Fi networks.

    How to stay safe from this gruesome malware

    Step 1:

    The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky mentioned that man-on-the-side attacks are extremely difficult to protect against at the network level. Still,  a constant VPN connection can help to some extent. As it's not always available. 

    Step 2:

    Also, WinDealer malware relies on a complex algorithm that generates IP addresses which makes the blocking impossible. 

    Step 3:

    Hence, to protect your device from the spyware infection, it is important to have  internet access with a reliable security solution.

    Step 4:

    Besides this, the Endpoint Detection and Response-class solutions can help detect anomalies and stop an attack at an early stage.

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    First Published Date: 08 Jun, 11:59 IST
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