Information is circulating among Internet users that their financial security may be at risk. Credit card details can be targeted by cybercriminals using Google Chrome, the market leader among browsers.
Pay for Popularity
Everyone who seeks to bypass competitors and put on the leader's jersey is often faced with the other side of the coin - the more popular a person or product, the more dangerous moments await him. The same applies to software and technology products. Currently the most used browser is Chrome, with over 2 billion users. Well, popularity comes at a price, and cybercriminals purposefully spread their malware through this Internet browser. To date, another pest has become known - the Vega Stealer virus.
According to expert sources, the new malware steals passwords and usernames, as well as information about their bank cards. All this is stored in the chrome database, and it is not so easy for any spy extension to access it. However, the new Vega Stealer is capable of this. This development is an improved version of the previously existing script -August Stealer, which announced itself in 2016.
Most often, a dangerous new virus spreads via e-mail according to the standard scheme. A general mailing of letters from fake names of such well-known giants as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Intel, etc. is done. The layout is extremely simple - they suggest that you familiarize yourself with the "important" information in attached files, among which there may be a document like "brief.doc". If you open it through negligence, Vega Stealer is launched, which instantly starts stealing data and transferring it into the wrong hands. As soon as the malware has attacked the user's computer, personal information can no longer be safe, the Trojan starts examining the internal files for the computer to find the format it needs. This is a kind of filtering of information, and then it is transferred to the server.
The new version of the virus takes approximately one minute to complete its task and send personal data to a remote server. While the user is studying the document in the mailing list, the virus will have time to finish downloading information. Experts note that the Vega Stealer malware has sufficient flexibility, which invariably affects its "productivity" - it manages to infect up to tens of thousands of computers per day. If this continues, the new Trojan will also gain its share of global popularity. Although an experienced user will be able to identify a possible threat after receiving questionable emails, further development of Vega Stealer may have a longer spread and associated adverse consequences.
What to do
Methods of dealing with a new "infection" do not represent complex manipulations and are associated with general attentiveness. The top advice from the experts is to be careful when it comes to emails from unknown addressees. It is better not to open any attached files, otherwise you may lose your bank card and funds on it. The same can happen with the password and login on various resources, so a little suspicion never hurts.
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