It is astonishing to see how hackers have ingeniously learned to adopt ways to spread malwares using the most trending softwares around the world. For instance, many of my readers must have used an optimization and system enhancement tool at some point in life to speed up and optimize slow systems. This trend was noticed by the hackers who have now successfully hacked CCleaner application. CCleaner hacked malware causes dilemma for over 2.3 million users with an estimated 2 billion downloads!
This application was developed by Piriform and was then later bought by Avast. For all the users who have downloaded and installed this application between Aug 15 and Sep 12 2017, must know that it is highly probable that their systems are under hackers’ control through CCleaner hacked malware.
Thanks to security experts and researchers at CISCO Talos who discovered that the original software from AVAST download servers were removed and a fake version of same software which contained the CCleaner hacked malware was replaced at AVAST download servers. According to Talos:
“The impact of this attack could be severe given the extremely high number of systems possibly affected. CCleaner claims to have over 2 billion downloads worldwide as of November 2016 and is reportedly adding new users at a rate of 5 million a week.”
The information that is feared to be hacked with the help of this malware includes:
- Computer name
- List of installed software, including Windows updates
- List of all running processes
- IP and MAC addresses
- Additional information like whether the process is running with admin privileges and whether it is a 64-bit system.
Both Piriform and AVAST have confirmed the presence of the malware in the Windows 32 bit version of the software as detected by the security researchers.
Therefore, if you are currently using version 5.33 of the application then you are at great risk. At your earliest convenience update your application to version 5.34 to stay safe and free of any risks!