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The bot that terrifies the Internet: it records you without permission when you watch porn

2019-08-16T00:22:35.777Z

It seems the argument of a chapter of Black Mirror but it is already real. This is a new malicious bot that, among other things, allows users to spy on affected computers.



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It seems the argument of a chapter of Black Mirror but it is already real . It is a new malicious bot that, among other things, allows spying on the users of the affected computers when they access pornographic pages or erotic content.

This is a new attack on the privacy of users discovered by the computer security company ESET which they have named "Varenyky", a traditional Ukrainian half-moon shaped dish very similar to dumplings.

This new bot has already been attacked users in Europe, with a special impact on France . The first recorded attack occurred in the month of May and, since then, it has undergone a constant evolution that has made it more sophisticated.

"We believe that this spam bot has a great development behind it and has changed considerably since the first time we saw it, " ESET sources say.

Victims receive an email that appears to contain a voicemail . When users try to access it, a "human verification" is requested, which shows that it is a person and not another robot who is opening the supposed audio. After confirmation, the bot is installed on the victim's computer .

Although the most feared part by users is that the bot records the screens of its victims when they enter pages with adult videos, it is a much more sophisticated program, which is also able to record other information such as their passwords or bank details .

The bot is configured so that certain searches on the Internet (or actions on our computer such as entering a password) cause the bot to start recording our screen and record everything we are doing on our computer. Some videos that you then send and index on the attackers' servers through Tor . A secure way of sending that guarantees the anonymity of the criminals who are behind these attacks.

In this way, Varenky could be employed for the theft of money, to gather information that allows an impersonation of identity and for an extortion with sexual background .

The researchers believe that it is a very advanced bot and designed for mass shipments, since, using the spam technique described above, it is capable of being sent to 1,500 people every hour in which the delivery system is in operation.

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