A New Trojan Uses Antivirus Software to Steal Data

In this brave new world that is the modern internet, it can often become very difficult indeed to ascertain whether or not your data is truly secure. Viruses abound on the internet, and the fact of the matter is that if you want to protect your data you are going to have to take measures to make sure that it remains as safe as possible. One of these measures involves using an antivirus software. However, what if the antivirus that you were using was itself responsible for you losing data?

A new Trojan virus discovered by the Nocturnus Research Team working at Cybereason uses the antivirus that you have installed onto your computer and turns it into a vulnerability that can then be exploited to gain access to the data that you may have been trying to secure. This is a pretty insidious way to gain access to someone’s data, and it is a method that most people won’t see coming at all. The Trojan has so far been spotted in Brazil and Europe and has been used in spam campaigns in these countries
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You can get the Trojan by clicking on a malicious link, and the fact of the matter is that you probably won’t be able to detect it when it’s on your system because of the fact that it disguises itself as an innocuous file such as a JPEG or GIF, thereby cloaking itself from any attempts to detect it that you might undertake. It injects itself into the processes of your antivirus, thereby effectively disappearing into the code of your computer and creating a route for itself that would allow it to steal as much data as the operator of this malicious software wants. It is important to be wary of such dangers so that you can protect yourself.

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