Pirated Windows 10 ISOs Install Clipper Malware through EFI Partitions

Software piracy is a growing problem, with hackers finding new ways to distribute illegal copies of software. Recently, researchers at Dr. Web discovered that hackers are distributing pirated versions of Windows 10 using torrents that contain cryptocurrency hijackers in the EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) partition. This allows the hijackers to evade detection and remain active even after a system reboot.

There have been cases where malware has been activated through modified EFI partitions, such as BlackLotus, but this appears to be different. In this case, the pirated Windows 10 ISOs merely use EFI as a safe storage space for clipper components which can be used to steal cryptocurrency from users’ wallets and other personal data from their computers.

This type of attack is concerning because it can remain undetected until it’s too late. Don't allow malware hide in the EFI partition of your machine! Even if you have anti-virus or anti-malware software, some hazardous programs are able to elude detection and continue running after system reboots.

Take extra precautions and exercise caution while downloading software from unreliable sources to protect the security of your computer. Installing anything that may change your computer's settings without your knowledge or agreement is to be avoided.

You should only ever download software from reliable sites, such as the official Microsoft website or reputed retailers like Steam or GOG Galaxy 2.0, to prevent yourself from contracting dangerous programs like these cutters.

In order for your computer to be protected from new dangers as they develop, install anti-virus and anti-malware software and keep it updated with the most recent virus definitions. Finally, avoid clicking on suspicious links or opening attachments from unknown senders as these could potentially be malicious programs disguised as legitimate ones.

In order to steal bitcoin and other personal data from victims' PCs covertly until it is too late, hackers are using pirated Windows 10 ISOs to install clipper malware through EFI partitions.

You safeguard yourself from these assaults, be sure you only download software from reliable sources. Additionally, it's important to keep your antivirus software up to date with the most recent virus definitions so that it can rapidly and accurately detect any new threats before they may harm your computer.

Dr. Web's report reveals that pirated versions of the popular operating system contain hidden malicious apps that can steal your cryptocurrency wallet addresses. These apps can easily bypass standard antivirus tools by hiding in the EFI partition which they can mount as the "M:\" drive.

Once your system is infected, the malware will inject itself into your legitimate system processes and redirect all cryptocurrency payments to the attacker's accounts. Don't risk losing your hard-earned crypto to hackers - stick to official software downloads only!

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