Devious Hackers Are Hiding Malware in a James Webb Image
Is nothing sacred anymore?
According to Securonix, the hackers are sending out phishing emails containing a Microsoft office document that includes the malicious deep space image.
While we don’t know how widespread the issue is, the code itself is pretty nasty.
“The image contains malicious Base64 code disguised as an included certificate,” Securonix’s researchers wrote. “At the time of publication, this particular file is undetected by all antivirus vendors according to VirusTotal.”
Once infected, the malware allows hackers to control the victim’s system. Specifically, the virus is a macro — which is interesting because Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would reversed the decision last month.
However, Securonix notes that using this kind of image for spreading this kind of code was “not very common” and “something we are tracking closely.”
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