Experts claim hackers are targeting those working from home to steal passwords stored on web browsers.
It is quite common to save passwords in Chrome or Edge. This is considered safe and secure.
They take the stress out of remembering login information for every site you use.
IT experts warn against using these features in any browser due to a recent security breach that has compromised a company.
Bad actors may be profiting from the fact that office workers in the UK & US are being forced home to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to security experts AhnLab, an employee working remotely fell victim as they used a VPN to access their company’s network.
The person was innocently working on a device they shared with their family members, not realizing that it was infected by Redline Stealer, a nasty piece info-stealing malware.
This led to sensitive account details and passwords from various sites being stolen, including information to access the company’s VPN.
Hackers used it to login to the private company data three months later.
Worse, even though the computer was protected by antivirus software, the malware was able bypass it.
“Although the account credentials storing feature of browsers is very convenient, as there is a risk of leakage of account credentials upon malware infection, users are recommended to refrain from using it and only use programs from clear sources,”AhnLab.
Hackers have been reportedly targeting people who work at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Shutterstock
Redline Stealer is pretty cheap and easy to get hold of on the dark web, which means it’s hard to trace the incident back to a specific group.
It is as cheap as $150 to hold it.
The first sign of this malicious tool appeared in March 2020, as the pandemic was just beginning to spread.
It comes amid a huge spike in scams over the course of COVID-19’s unwelcome arrival.
COVID Pass scams used millions to con people outof money and sensitive data. Phony jabs were also rife.