The well-known cybersecurity company Bitdefender has warned about a new type of malware with which they manage to steal passwords, information on victims' payment methods.

They have baptized this new malware as "Scranos", and at first it was affecting (especially Chinese users). Bitdefender says they have crossed this border and are now infecting users around the world.

They also get your payment methods and your Steam login

And how do they infect users? Bitdefender experts claim that Scranos is hidden, especially in cracked software. The most important part of this malware is a rootkit driver that remains hidden on Windows computers.

That means it will continue running even if you restart the computer. Although this malware was first identified in November, the number of installations on computers across the planet has skyrocketed in recent months.

Bogdan Botezatu, director of threat research and reports at Bitdefender, wanted to warn that this malware has been created with "strictly commercial motivations."

"It seems they are interested in spreading the botnet to consolidate the business by infecting as many devices as possible to perform advertising abuses and use it as a third-party malware distribution platform."

Send messages to your Facebook friends with a malicious .APK and thus infect Android users


The list of things they manage to do with this malware is quite worrying, since they manage to steal credentials from Google Chrome, Chromium, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer.

They also get the payment information used on Facebook, Amazon or Airbnb. The credentials to log into Steam or even send messages to your Facebook friends with a malicious .APK and thus infect Android users.

As a curiosity, Scranos will also automatically subscribe you to certain YouTube channels and open windows in the background with muted videos (in this way, they can increase the reproductions of certain videos).

Specifically, they found that this malware was responsible for promoting "aggressively" four YouTube videos from different channels. For this reason, they are investigating advertising fraud and a tactic to grow bills they have paid to help them grow.



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