The newly discovered CCleaner malware is far more serious than we figured out as researchers found it designed for industrial espionage in companies like GoogleThe Sony, Intel, Microsoft and many others.
CCleaner developers announced a few days ago that their application was modified to collect data from users and give control to hackers. The infected version of CCleaner was available for download almost a month before the malware was discovered.
The initial evaluation showed that hackers were aiming to gain access to their users' computers and personal data. All of this data would be sent to a server whose luck we never learned.
But according to a study by Cisco's security department, Talos, it was revealed that the malicious program was designed to infiltrate the security of much larger companies and most likely to succeed.
The reason for attacking this program? CCleaner is quite popular and many people have trusted it in their work. Many of them are working on giants such as Microsoft, Intel, Sony, Cisco, VMWare and Samsung, which has hackers.
With today's data, malware is considered industrial espionage. The total number of infected computers is about 700.000, which means that offenders have achieved their goal.
Finally, although it is very difficult to reveal the attackers, some of the methods they used lead to Group 72. This is a group of hackers that have targeted organizations in America, Japan, Taiwan and Korea.
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