a so-called “nameless” undetected malware stole a database in the cloud that contained some 1.2 terabytes of files, cookies, and credentials that came from 3.2 million Windows-based computers. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Researchers on Wednesday said a so-called “nameless” undetected malware stole a database in the cloud that contained some 1.2 terabytes of files, cookies, and credentials that came from 3.2 million Windows-based computers.
In a blog post, NordLocker said the virus escaped with 6 million files that it grabbed from desktop and downloads folders. Screenshots made by the malware revealed that it spread via illegal Adobe PhotoShop software, Windows cracking tools, and pirated games. The malware also photographed the user if the device had a webcam.
According to NordLocker, the hacker group responsible disclosed the database location accidently and the cloud provider hosting the data was notified so they could take it down. The data was stolen between 2018 and 2020 and included 2 billion cookies.
Malware has dominated the threat landscape in one form or another for decades, and yet it’s the same story of poor security hygiene, lack of properly configured security controls, and just general lack of user awareness that seems to be the main problem, said Vishal Jain, co-founder and chief technology officer of Valtix.
“With cloud computing growing at 40%, the malware problem has shifted to target this new frontier,” Jain said. “All security controls are ultimately fallible. As the saying goes, if there were perfect defenses you would have security vaults, but no security guards and auditors since the vault is perfect ..