Hackers Attack Browsers of Remote Workers
- 04 Jan 2022
IT researchers warn people against storing their passwords in popular browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Although this is usually considered safe enough, your passwords can be in danger now. Read on for details.
As security experts from AhnLab say, hackers, are using the pandemic remote work situation to their advantage and attack personal computers of employees who are working from home. This has already led to a serious breach. According to experts, a remote employee was attacked by hackers while using a VPN service to access their company network. The person was using a computer shared with other members of the family when an information-stealing virus Redline Stealer sneaked into the device. The virus managed to steal passwords and other sensitive data, including the login and password from the company’s internal VPN service. Hackers used the information to break into company servers and stole confidential business information. What’s even scarier, the computer of the employee was protected by an antivirus, but it didn’t protect the device from malware. AhnLab experts say that this fact puts all browser users at risk of losing their logins and passwords if they are using the built-in browser feature to store them.
The Readline Stealer is a cheap piece of malware available to anybody on the dark web, so it’s simply impossible to track the initial source of the problem.
In order to escape potential data theft, you need to stop using password storage in your browser and avoid downloading any suspicious software and content from shady websites. The spike in web scams during the pandemic doesn’t seem to go down, so you should be very attentive to everything you do on your PC. Have you been attacked by hackers during the pandemic? Share your story in the comments and share this warning with friends.