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Microsoft is fed up with CCleaner, a popular utility that has been around for a decade and a half. Originally called "Crap Cleaner," CCleaner aims to do a better job at removing files and programs than Windows does on its own, with the promise of making PCs run faster. However, Microsoft has updated its Windows Defender security scanner to recognize CCleaner as a PUA, or potentially unwanted application. To be clear, a PUA is different from a virus or outright malware. On the surface, Microsoft's issue with CCleaner is that the free and trial-based paid versions come bundled with applications that are not required or even produced by Piriform, the company that developed the utility. "While the... Read more...
Researchers have still been working their way through the hack that resulted in the very popular CCleaner security app being used as a host for malware. The initial attack was thought by many to have caused minimal harm to computer systems that were infected, but it looks like there was a secondary attack that may be more nefarious. According to the researchers, the hackers were able to piggyback on that initial malware wave and install a second piece of malicious software on the computers working daily in some of the biggest tech firms around the world. The real target of this attack is now thought to have been major tech firms like Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Sony, Intel and others according... Read more...
Users of the popular CCleaner program by Piriform are being advised to update the application after researchers at Cisco's Talos division discovered hackers had hidden malware inside. The contaminated utility served as a beacon call for additional forms of malware—using a backdoor, an attacker could run code from a remote IP address. The threat was discovered in CCleaner 5.33 released on August 15, and CCleaner Cloud 1.07 released on August 24. According to Piriform, which is owned by security outfit Avast, the affected version of CCleaner may have been used by up to 3 percent of its userbase. That works out to around 2.27 million people, by the company's own accounting. "The compromise could... Read more...