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Cybercriminals are now using WhatsApp to spread malware
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:59:26 PM »
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Cybercriminals are using WhatsApp's popularity among users to spread malware disguised as WhatsApp messages, images, audio, or video files.

With Facebook announcing over 900 million WhatsApp monthly active users, and with the application providing both mobile apps and a Web-based interface, cybercriminals have now started to take notice of its success and popularity.

Cyber-security vendor Comodo has recently detected a spam campaign that leverages a common WhatsApp theme to deliver malware to users.

According to the Comodo Antispam Labs (CASL) team, these spam emails contain malicious file attachments that spread the Nivdort malware.

Nivdort is a simple information-stealing trojan that can be used to collect information about a target computer. This data can later be uploaded to a C&C server, where criminals may decide to infect the system with another type of more dangerous malware, like banking trojans, more complex spyware, or PoS malware.



 

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