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Sextortion is a known problem that has only grown more difficult to contain.
Now, a new breed of trojan is taking bolder steps to secure its blackmail material.
The same can be said for “sextortion” emails that arrive out of the blue.
Your best hope to avoid being infected, naturally, is to avoid the primary vector of infection.
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As if screen recording and data harvesting weren’t scary enough, researchers are stressing that these capabilities are actually new to the malware.Although much of the malware’s current sextortion threats are just bluster, Varenyky actually installs sophisticated spyware on its victim’s computers that pays close attention to browser activity.When it detects a known adult phrase or website being typed into a search bar, it automatically fires up its screen-recording tools in the background — capturing any activity and sending it back to an unknown source on the Tor network. The malware also captures usernames and passwords that are saved in the victim’s browser — which are then paired with any recordings or activity data.”We’ll be keeping an eye on Varenyky — as well as any developments surrounding its spread.This story will be updated as new information arises, but in the meantime, one of the best things you can do to protect your system from compromise is back up your vital data to a secure location for safekeeping.
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