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Hacked CCleaner Spreads Malware to 2.3 Million in Free App

20 September 2017, 12:55 | Maryann Sutton

CCleaner is downloaded millions of times a week for free. Sergei Konkov


Although the app is created to clean the malicious program, the CCleaner itself started distributing the malware to PCs powered by Microsoft's Windows operating system.

The versions affected includes 5.33, released on 15 August 2017, and 5.34, released on 12 September 2017.

Piriform announced that its popular program CCleaner, which optimizes computer operations, had been infected by a virus. Then, they advised the customers to install the new software update. However, close to 5,000 people already installed the CCleaner Cloud compromised version.

Piriform revealed that the malware collected system information-including lists of installed software and Windows updates, MAC addresses of network adapters, PC names and information from the Windows registry key; all of which was sent to a remote server.

According to Piriform, the security incident affected version 5.33.6162 of CCleaner and version 1.07.3191 of CCleaner Cloud on 32-bit Windows systems. On September 15, law enforcement was able to shut down the attackers' command and control servers, and Avast released CCleaner version 5.34, which no longer contained the malware.

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According to its parent company Avast, more than 130 million people use the performance optimisation software CCleaner. However, it added that the malware also downloaded a second stage payload this server but its functionality is unclear due to encryption. More often than not we are hearing about ransomware, malware, data breaches, etc. The infected version of the software was released on August 15, meaning that millions of users are potentially at risk.

Meanwhile, if you are running CCleaner v5.33, you need to update to the latest version of the program immediately.

Hackers Hid Malware in CCleaner Antivirus Software appeared first on InvestorPlace. Piriform Ltd., the maker of CCleaner, confirmed in a blog post today that certain versions of the software were compromised with a hidden backdoor that may have allowed hackers to harvest data from users.

Craig Williams who is the Talos researchers said it would penetrate the believed suppliers and moulds them in a manner same as the "NotPetya" attack.

Anyone who had downloaded the compromised version of CCleaner was now being moved to the latest uninfected version, he said.

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