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Millions of users infected after hackers hide backdoor in CCleaner

Millions of users infected after hackers hide backdoor in CCleaner

Cisco Talos - the company that runs the software - security researchers discovered that hackers have breached the app's security systems and installed malware in it. CCleaner is created to clean your hard drive and make your computer run faster. In a blog post, the company's VP of Products Paul Yung said that another one of it software products, CCleaner Cloud (version 1.07.3191), has also been affected.

It turns out you can't even trust your own antivirus provider not to infect your computer with malware. Note that the former group will have to delete the app and install the fresh version since the software doesn't update itself automatically.

The compromised version of CCleaner and CCleaner Cloud may have been downloaded by as many as 2.27 million users, or about three percent of its users with 32-bit Windows PCs, according to Piriform.

Avast encourages anyone using CCleaner to upgrade to version 5.34 or higher. The malware allows hackers to potentially get access to the user's computer, and other connected systems, to steal personal data or credentials.

The malware affects CCleaner version 5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud version 1.07.3191.

Brumaghin says that users who have downloaded a malicious version of the CCleaner program need to restore their devices to a state before August 15, 2017 and update to the latest available version of the program to avoid infection.

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Hackers broke into a PC security company's computers - and slipped a virus into software downloaded by two million people.

This is because the free version does not include automatic updates, meaning a significant number of users may be unaware they are still running a compromised version.

On September 13, Cisco Talos identified an executable in the installer for CCleaner, which was being delivered to endpoints by the legitimate CCleaner download servers. They also added that there are no indicators that any other data has been sent over to the hacker's server which is located in the US.

Piriform said that Avast which is the new parent company did not cover the attacks which took place on September 12th, 2017.

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.

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