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A malware Trojan downloaded unknowingly on their mobiles and PCs about 2.27 million users as they installed the Piriform CCleaner Clearing Program, which was re-acquired by Avast last July.
On Monday Piriform confirmed the attack admitting that the latest version of CCleaner had been attacked and altered by unknown hackers between August 15 and September 12.
The result was that users downloaded version v5.33.6162 at the same time to load the Trojan that the perpetrators had “hidden” in the download package.
The violation was perceived by Cisco’s Talos Research team, which informed Piriform on September 13th. Cisco advises users with devices that are most likely infected with malware to restore the system to a date before August 15th.
Data that was hijacked was not sensitive as the virus recorded data such as IP addresses, computer names, and lists of installed and active programs.
Speaking to the Guardian, Piriform vice president Paul Jung avoided making “at this stage” assumptions about the leaders behind the assault while the company asserts that 2.27 million mobile phones and terminals are safe again.
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