Beware of NASA James Webb Space Telescope photos! Check shocking hidden danger

Everyone has loved the awesome images the NASA James Webb Space Telescope has sent. But beware! There is danger lurking.

| Updated on: Sep 02 2022, 16:38 IST
NASA reveals stunning Jupiter images captured by James Webb Space Telescope
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1/6 Amazingly, currently, on Jupiter, there are auroras, storms, extreme temperatures and powerful winds stirring things up, according to NASA. The images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope could give scientists a look at the conditions of the gas giant. (NASA)
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2/6 Planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, professor emerita of the University of California, Berkeley said, “We hadn’t really expected it to be this good, to be honest. It’s really remarkable that we can see details on Jupiter together with its rings, tiny satellites, and even galaxies in one image.” (NASA)
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3/6 The images were captured by the telescope's Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument on July 27, which highlighted the planet's unique features. According to NASA, the NIRCam has three specialized infrared filters that showcase details of the planet. (AFP)
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4/6 The image was created by compositing several images. Auroras are visible near the Northern and Southern poles of the planet. According to NASA, the auroras shine in a filter that is mapped to redder colors, which also highlights light reflected from lower clouds and upper hazes. (NASA)
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5/6 The Great Red Spot as well as other clouds can be visible in the images as white since it is reflecting the sunlight. The Great Red Spot is a giant vortex which has been swirling around on Jupiter’s surface for a long time. Jupiter’s 2 moons, Amalthea and Adrastea can also be seen “photo-bombing” the planet. (REUTERS)
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6/6 Thierry Fouchet, a professor at the Paris Observatory, as part of an international collaboration for Webb’s Early Release Science program said, “This one image sums up the science of our Jupiter system program, which studies the dynamics and chemistry of Jupiter itself, its rings, and its satellite system.” (NASA/AFP)
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Hackers use images taken by the NASA James Webb Space Telescope to hide their malicious code which installs itself onto your system as soon as you open it. (NASA)

In a shocking series of events, the NASA James Webb Space Telescope has become the latest victim of hackers as threat analysts have found the presence of malware hidden in the photos taken by NASA's newest telescope. This news comes as a huge risk as millions of people around the world have been downloading images taken by NASA's $10 billion space telescope.

Threat analysts at cybersecurity firm Securonix have discovered a new malware attack campaign known as GO#WEBBFUSCATOR. According to Securonix, the attackers used images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope and combined them with obfuscated Golang programming language payloads which take place in the host's computer.

How the malware attack takes place

Threat analysts at Securonix stated that the attack starts with a phishing image sent to the victim via a phishing email containing a Microsoft Office document. Securonix obtained a sample of the program which contained a document titled “Geos-Rates.docx”.

The cybersecurity firm said in a blog post that the document contains a jpg image which also includes hidden malware code which can only be viewed through a text editor. Along with the code, a certificate is also hidden containing a Base64 code which once executed, installs onto your device in the form of “msdllupdate.exe”.

The blog further mentions that “at the time of publication, this particular file is undetected by all antivirus vendors according to VirusTotal.” Once the program gets executed, it implants a binary program into the Windows Registry Key. The report also says that the malware can help hackers spy and steal information from your device as the malware is designed to work with a hacker's command and control server.

How to protect yourself against such attacks

To prevent such phishing attacks on your device, it is advised to regularly update your computer with anti-virus software, spyware filters, e-mail filters and firewall programs and use the latest version available of the web browser. Whenever you open any website, always ensure that it is a “https” link. If you're travelling between places, never use the public WiFi networks. Never open any suspicious links which may be sent to you via email.

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First Published Date: 02 Sep, 16:38 IST