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A New Netwire Malware Targeting Italians And Designed To Steal Information Uncovered

Thanks to malware researchers at ZLab, a Netwire attack chain using an information stealer malware has been uncovered. The attack seems to be targeting Italians, especially those in the manufacturing industry.


According to a research publication on the tool that the hackers were using, it was hidden in an Excel document and would be deployed when unsuspecting victims open it. The hackers send the documents to their targets via an email attachment with ‘XML macro embedded into it’.


Once an unsuspecting person receives the document and opens it, the malware swings into action. It has one tool that helps it to bypass Microsoft’s Antimalware Scan Interface. There are also other tools compiled on this malware that allows it to run without the in-built cybersecurity measures detecting it. In fact, the researchers explained that the malware passes itself off as a computer ‘parameter’.

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After its decryption processes, it then saves its several bot information into a registry key. What it does next is to begin collecting ‘sensitive information’ from a person’s computer. It can steal Outlook credentials, Internet Explorer Browser History, Chrome Browser History, Mozilla Browser History and record keystrokes as well. The malware sends these data to the hacker who is working remotely.


The dangers that this Netwire malware puts victims in are many. For example, the attacker can monitor victims’ internet activities and see which sites they visit. In addition to this, armed with keystroke information, the hacker can uncover victims’ passwords and login information. In turn, it can lead to compromising their accounts and even stealing funds from their bank accounts.


What you can do to protect yourself from malware attacks such as this:


— Avoid opening emails from unknown senders on your computer, especially if it is a public email address like the one you use for work.


— Don’t download files of unknown formats, most times they are filled with bugs intended to hack your system.


— Install antivirus software from trusted vendors like Kaspersky, Avast, AVG, Cisco, and so on.


— Update your system software as soon as a new one is available.


— Be careful which links you click on and never log into your account on pages that unknown links redirect you to.


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Onwuasoanya Obinna

A reader of books and stringer of words. Passionate about Science and Tech. When not writing or reading he is surfing the web and Tweeting.

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