A new virus threatens social media users, especially Instagram and Facebook accounts. The virus, which hijacks social media passwords, has a complex structure. But how is the virus transmitted that hijacks Instagram and Facebook accounts?
New virus hijacks social media passwords
In recent years, popular browsers such as Chrome and Edge offer browser password remembering feature to users. This new social media virus attacks the passwords that browsers hide.
Although browsers are resistant to viruses as they are constantly updated, this new virus is already harming users. It is not known how Chrome and Edge protect the browser password remember feature against this new virus. The way of transmission of the virus is crack sites. Users who download programs as piracy or seek cracks for these programs unknowingly open their systems to viruses.
Generally, virus protection programs detect such files as dangerous. However, computer users generally ignore these warnings for crack files. This new computer virus, named CopperStealler, reaches browser files after infiltrating the computer.
The virus first appeared to hijack Facebook and Instagram accounts. According to the information shared by the Digital Information World, experts have also identified different versions trying to take over similar accounts such as Apple, Bing, and Amazon.
This newly discovered virus has yet to cause minor damage. However, the fact that it has a complex structure and can bypass antivirus programs increases the danger.
It was also revealed that the virus attacked browsers’ cookie information other than passwords. Based on cookies, the virus also detects your internet habits and your frequent contacts. Antivirus experts are trying to develop a new protection against this new virus. The only way to protect against antivirus is that users do not download cracked files.
Antivirus experts also warned users who downloaded cracked or suspicious files, especially recently. Users should change their Facebook and Instagram account passwords in such a risky situation. However, when doing this, it is necessary not to use the browser password remember feature. Again, constantly clearing browser cookies is one of the ways to protect.
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