Beware of this malware – it hacks into social networks

Computer scientists are warning Windows computer owners about a malware called FFDroider that infects computers, hacks into social networks and then steals usernames, passwords and cookies from them.

The malware primarily deals with stealing data from social networks (such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) and from popular sites that sell goods, such as Amazon and eBay. It also steals cookies from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers.

The information stolen by the Trojan is used to take control of accounts and steal from its victims, and also allows hackers to break into other accounts if they use the same email address and password to access them, which unfortunately happens very often.

To avoid detection after installation, malware often impersonates the Telegram app. This is strange, because often users of affected computers use this application and should get a red light when they notice that a folder or files associated with Telegram appeared.

And how to defend against attacks of this malware. First of all, by using multi-factor authentication on all social media platforms, as this helps stop attackers from accessing your accounts, even if they have the right password. And one more simple piece of advice. In any situation where you suspect that your password may have been stolen, there is nothing to wait for and you should change it immediately.

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