Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2017 09:58 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

Talos recently observed a case where the download servers used by software vendor to distribute a legitimate software package were leveraged to deliver malware to unsuspecting victims. For a period of time, the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner. CCleaner boasted over 2 billion total downloads by November of 2016 with a growth rate of 5 million additional users per week. Given the potential damage that could be caused by a network of infected computers even a tiny fraction of this size we decided to move quickly. On September 13, 2017 Cisco Talos immediately notified Avast of our findings so that they could initiate appropriate response activities. The following sections will discuss the specific details regarding this attack.

Don't use registry cleaners. They serve no purpose.

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I love trolls like you. You come to attack someone. So let me tell you about myself, you minuscule little man. I have designed full fledged applications by myself for multiple organisations (including gov't orgs to help children) and have also been a lead developer for Syllable once. So when you attack someone you should really do your research.

And, when your company asks you to install software for business purposes (like Office or say a PDF reader, or different software to test validity of certs, or Wireshark, or Bash for Windows so you can use Windows while in a meeting where you must present MYSQL queries/bash commands to prove the validity of your programs and your presentation software does not work well with your remote desktop nor do you have time to setup something better cause you are too busy designing real software) and then you no longer need it, you get rid of it! Because if you don't, your company issued computer is slow and does not work as efficient as you need it to while you are compiling/interpreting QT4.8/QT5/NodeJS/PERL applications.

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