HACKERS hide a nasty surprise in images captured by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.
The snapshots that captured the imaginations of people around the world this year are being used to camouflage and spread malware.
The hacking campaign was identified by cybersecurity firm Securonix, which detailed their find in a recent publication blog entry.
Researchers discovered malware disguised as an innocent image file and distributed via email.
This manipulated file contained what appeared to be a photo of a space region called SMACS 0723 taken by the JWST earlier this year.
According to Securonix, the file contained hidden computer code that can be revealed by examining the image with a text editor.
This code helps attackers run a malware program that can bypass virus detection.
Hiding it in the image is a common tactic among cyber crooks who hope not to get caught by antivirus programs.
It increases the chances that the file will end up in your inbox and not in your spam folder.
Once the virus is on your PC, it can allow criminals to spy on or take over the infected system remotely.
It underscores the importance of thinking twice before clicking on a link sent from an unfamiliar email address or phone number.
If you’re not sure who sent you something, it’s best to take a moment to make sure it’s safe.
You can do this with link checking services like Norton Safe Web.
If you think you’ve been sent a malicious link or file, report the sender and delete the message immediately.
You should also always make sure that your smartphone and apps are up to date with the latest software.
Following is a warning from cyber fans about a TikTok vulnerability that may have allowed hackers to hijack people’s accounts.
In a blog post yesterday, researchers at Microsoft discovered a bug in the Android version of the app, which has 1.5 billion downloads.
Fortunately, the “fatal” bug labeled CVE-2022-28799 is now fixed.
There is no evidence that attackers used it to break into accounts.
Had hackers exploited the software flaw, they could have accessed accounts with a single tap.
A malicious link may have been distributed via email or other online messaging services.
If the recipient tapped the link, their account would have been compromised instantly.
From there, crooks could have posted private videos, sent messages, and uploaded videos on behalf of victims.
The error was reported to TikTok and has now been fixed.
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