Hackers Hid Backdoor In CCleaner Security App With 2 Billion Downloads -- 2.3 Million
2017-09-19, 12:02 AM,
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Quote:Users of Avast-owned security application CCleaner for Windows have been advised to update their software immediately, after researchers discovered criminal hackers had installed a backdoor in the tool. The tainted application allows for download of further malware, be it ransomware or keyloggers, with fears millions are affected. According to Avast's own figures, 2.27 million ran the affected software, though the company said users should not panic.

The affected app, CCleaner, is a maintenance and file clean-up software run by a subsidiary of anti-virus giant Avast. It has 2 billion downloads and claims to be getting 5 million extra a week, making the threat particularly severe, researchers at Cisco Talos warned. Comparing it to the NotPetya ransomware outbreak, which spread after a Ukrainian accounting app was infected, the researchers discovered the threat on September 13 after CCleaner 5.33 caused Talos systems to flag malicious activity.

Further investigation found the CCleaner download server was hosting the backdoored app as far back as September 11. Talos warned in a blog Monday that the affected version was released on August 15, but on September 12 an untainted version 5.34 was released. For weeks then, the malware was spreading inside supposedly-legitimate security software.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrews...6854f31365

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2017-09-19, 12:08 AM,
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Never thought that it would happen in such a popular program.. hmm .. maybe we should be more careful..
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2017-09-19, 12:16 AM,
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(2017-09-19, 12:08 AM)TheDutchLegend Wrote: Never thought that it would happen in such a popular program.. hmm .. maybe we should be more careful..


Yes same here it's a very popular software. Thankfully I've not used it in years.
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2017-09-19, 12:28 AM,
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too sad this seems nothing is safe now ...

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2017-09-19, 12:40 AM,
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"affected version was released on August 15", previous versions are clean? I used it before and never had any issue with it.

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2017-09-19, 12:45 AM,
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(2017-09-19, 12:40 AM)DrKent Wrote: "affected version was released on August 15", previous versions are clean? I used it before and never had any issue with it.

Well, the issue with back doors is you wouldn't know. But yes chances are you're fine. If I had downloaded it I'd start running some tests to make sure I'm clean.
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2017-09-19, 02:29 AM,
#7
wow i wonder how they did that... I find stuff like this very interesting like how did they manage to get the program and modify it then let the developers release it..
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2017-09-20, 03:18 PM,
#8
Very sad to hear that, it was most popular and secured program and now it is hacked.. Even, I was using it.
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2017-09-21, 01:04 AM,
#9
Nothing seems to be safe these days, These programs should have more higher security of data.
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2017-09-21, 02:41 PM,
#10
This is one of the most sad things happening. Nothing is safe :(
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