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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And this is new?
by darknexus on Tue 19th Sep 2017 11:32 UTC
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

Hasn't this program been infested with adware for years, in addition to being essentially digital snake oil?

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RE: And this is new?
by Kochise on Tue 19th Sep 2017 15:00 in reply to "And this is new?"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

No, CCleaner under Piriform has been really... clean, to say the least. All their products were rather free from nag things. But the chosen file hosts were quite messy, I must admit.

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