In the Telegram discovered a vulnerability that allows hackers to mine cryptocurrencies

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2018-02-14 10:30:05

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In the Telegram discovered a vulnerability that allows hackers to mine cryptocurrencies

Using the popular Telegram messenger hackers almost a year had the ability to access users ' computers, infecting a PC with malware capable of covertly produce . About the problem reported «Kaspersky Lab», which experts and has discovered a vulnerability in Telegram for Windows allowing you to send users a malicious application under the guise of various attachments, such as pictures.

«the Attack was carried out by the classical scheme right-to-left override (RLO) when sending files to the interlocutor. Using special non-printable character U+202E (Unicode), which mirrored the order of following signs. Usually hackers use this symbol, introducing the victim is fooled by the display name and extension of the executable file», — the official channel of the Telegram.

Seized computers used by fraudsters to mining cryptocurrencies and other unpleasant things. For example, hackers extorted from the victims entire local cache Telegram. According to «Kaspersky Lab», in all the time affected more than thousands of computers that are hidden mainile Monero, Fantomcoin and zcash for.

According to information received from «Kaspersky Lab» its experts have studied only version of messenger for Windows, so it is possible that other versions of the popular program used by cybercriminals. The team reported that the problem has now been fixed, and the head of the Telegram noted that the reports of antivirus companies should be taken with a grain of salt, as they tend to exaggerate the seriousness of their insights for getting publicity in the media. In an official statement, the Telegram also said that no one will be able to control the computer remotely if the user has not pre-launched malware.

Hacker apps involved in the covert mining of cryptocurrencies, are an increasingly popular way to improve the welfare of criminals, but, as a rule, a lot of money to earn so much money does not work — all limited to a few thousand dollars a month, but also very good.

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