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Beware of the credit card saved in Chrome: this is what is happening

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Beware of the credit card saved in Chrome: this is what is happening
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The theft of sensitive data on the web is a difficult scourge to eradicate. Lots of bad guys look for ways to steal identities, hack emails and social media profiles every day. steal credit card information to be able to clone or make purchases without the owner’s knowledge.

Precisely with regard to the credit card data that we use on the web to make purchases on various online stores, there is a practice widely used to speed up the operation that it would be better to avoid from now on.

We are talking about the habit of save credit card information in the browser cache by Google Chrome. If this operation allows us to find payment data immediately at hand without having to re-enter the credit card number each time, it is however very risky.

Researchers on the team Proofpoint Threat Insights in fact, they discovered a new malware capable of stealing the data stored in the cache memory of the Chrome browser. Let’s see how to defend ourselves.

New malware is spreading capable of stealing data from Chrome’s cache

The discovery came from the team researchers Proofpoint Threat Insights who had already raised the alarm a few weeks ago. A new form of Emotetone of the most widespread and infesting malware of recent years capable of stealing sensitive credit card data such as number, holder and CVV code saved in the cache of the Google Chrome browser.

The malware after stealing the information, it would send them to different “C2” command and control servers than those already typically used by the same Emotet module to steal card data. This would make it even more difficult to trace the perpetrators of the cyber theft.

In short, the threat is serious and at the moment it would only target the data stored in the cache of the Google Chrome browser. However, the new malware risks having far more unpleasant consequences in the future.

Infections caused by Emotet in addition to the theft of sensitive data, they can also introduce new infected devices ransomware, programs that make some data or functionality of the device inaccessible. The bad guys could then request the payment of a ransom, almost certainly in cryptocurrency, to return or make a device work again.

How to defend yourself

Unlike other viruses already known that modern antivirus are able to block in this case the matter is more complex but there are some precautions that can be taken to avoid the theft of sensitive data.

First of all, it is better not to save the credit card data in the browser cache, but enter them by hand each time. The other tip that experts recommend is to pay close attention to the links you click on because these Emotet malware they typically spread via email, using malicious links and attachments.

There are conflicting opinions on the origin of Emotet. The Intelligence of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States had compared him to Russian hackers who, after the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine they would have exacerbated the attacks.

The first time Emotet appeared in 2014 as a banking trojan then later modules were added that allow it to steal the sensitive data of the poor unfortunates.

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