Beware of Raccoon Malware! It can steal your passwords, data, more

    Cybersecurity researchers have discovered an upgraded version of Raccoon Malware that can steal a wide range of information on your system, including passwords. Know all details here.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Jun 30 2022, 19:08 IST
    Know how this Raccoon Malware can leave you in danger!
    Know how this Raccoon Malware can leave you in danger! (Unsplash)
    Know how this Raccoon Malware can leave you in danger!
    Know how this Raccoon Malware can leave you in danger! (Unsplash)

    This Raccoon Stealer malware is back! That too with as an upgraded version and it is designed to steal passwords and personal information of users. With more developed elevated password-stealing functionality and upgraded operational capacity, this malware has become even more dangerous in the hands of hackers. Back in 2021, Raccoon Stealer malware was one of the most prolific information stealers and it was used by multiple cybercriminals.

    Raccoon Stealer was highly popular among online fraudsters, mainly because of three reasons. First, its wide stealing capabilities, second, the customizability factor of this malware and, third, its ease of use. It was mainly circulated using fake installers or as cracked versions of popular software on the users' computer systems. Well, according to the security analysts at Sekoia, the operations of Raccoon Stealer were shut down back in March 2022. But now, security analysts warned that Raccoon Stealer 2.0 is back! It is now being promoted on hacking forums, with the first samples captured by malware analysts earlier this month. This new upgraded version of Raccoon was built from scratch using C and C++ language while featuring a new back-end, front-end, and code to steal credentials and other data information, malware authors mentioned in the report.

    Why should you worry about this Raccoon Stealer 2.0 malware?

    The new Raccoon Stealer 2.0 malware is capable of stealing a wide range of information from a user's device. The report mentioned that it is capable to steal these pieces of information:

    • The basic system fingerprinting information is stored in your laptop for security.
    • All the passwords, cookies, autofill data, and saved credit card data are saved in your browsers.
    • Your individual files which are located on all disks.
    • Captured screenshots and installed applications list.
    • In case you use cryptocurrency, then Raccoon Stealer 2.0 can steal the cryptocurrency wallets and web browser extensions including MetaMask, TronLink, BinanceChain, Ronin, Exodus, Atomic, JaxxLiberty, Binance, Coinomi, Electrum, Electrum-LTC, and ElectronCash.

    The report warns that this new Raccoon malware is likely to see increased usage, as it sends data each time when it collects a new item. However, this increases the risk of detection but also ensures maximum effectiveness till the time malware is fully discovered and removed from the host.

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    First Published Date: 30 Jun, 19:08 IST
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