A malicious Trojan horse that keeps you from being reported stole 1.2TB of personal data, including passwords, cookies, and files, from unprotected online users.
NordLocker security experts and third-party researchers have analyzed statistics from 3.25 million computers running infected Windows 10 and are new to the unreported Trojan and the malware behind it. I summarized the survey.
1.2TB of data stolen from this Trojan was found in a database containing billions of personal records from 2018 to 2020. To distribute malware, cybercriminals use malicious email attachments and illegal software.
The malware successfully stole 26 million credentials from about 1 million different websites. Social media sites such as Facebook (1.5 million), Twitter (261 million), Instagram (153 million), Google (1.5 million), Outlook (403,000), Yahoo (224 million), etc. I stole my credentials from my email service provider and streaming services such as: Netflix (170k), Twitch (106k), Spotify (61k).
Stolen cookies, files, data
NordLocker analysts found more than 2 billion cookies in 1.2 TB of data, and surprisingly 22% were valid on the day of discovery. The majority of stolen cookies were AliExpress (4.8 million), Steam (2 million), MediaFire (3.2 million), Facebook (8 million) and YouTube (17.1 million).
The malware also stole more than 6.6 million files stored on the victim’s desktop and download folders, including text files, image files, and other documents. Oliver Noble, cybersecurity expert at NordLocker, explained how consumers are getting smarter when it comes to protecting themselves online, although there’s still work to be done.
“On average, the malware stole only two files from each computer, which shows that users are becoming smarter and more security-focused: clouding important information. However, some people keep confidential documents, copies of their passports, and even passwords written down in notepads on their desktops to prevent them from being snooped on. We also found that there was a risk of leakage.
To avoid being hit by this Trojan or other malware, users install antivirus software on their Windows machines, use malware removal software to combat the virus, and back up their most important files. You need to save it to cloud storage and prevent the attachment from opening. Illegal downloads of software from unknown senders and online.
This unreported Trojan stole 1.2 TB of personal data.