Google stops malware from stealing sensitive data from Chrome users

Google has shut down the infrastructure associated with the CryptBot Malware, which it claims has stolen hundreds of thousands browser user’s data in the past 12 months.

CryptBot, a malicious malware that steals information, was first detected in 2019. Infostealer malware can be downloaded for free from spoofed sites masquerading as genuine software websites. Once installed, malware can steal sensitive information such as passwords, cookies and cryptocurrency wallets from computers infected.

The following are some of the ways to get in touch with us a blog postGoogle confirmed that it had observed malware spreading through maliciously modified applications, such as Google Chrome and Google Earth Pro. Google reports that the malware has compromised 670,000 computers over the past 12 months in order to steal sensitive data. This information is then “sold to bad actors for use in data breaches campaigns.”

Google says it identified the Pakistani-based malware distributors of recent CryptBot variants that were impersonating their browser and mapping software. They also took action.

After filing a legal complaint against several of CryptBot’s major distributors, the tech giant confirmed Wednesday that it had secured a temporary court order to hamper the spread of the infostealer malware.

Google can now remove any domains linked to CryptBot distribution. The order was granted by a federal court in the Southern District of New York.

“This will slow new infections from occurring and decelerate the growth of CryptBot,” the technology giant said in a blog post. “Lawsuits have the effect of establishing both legal precedent and putting those profiting, and others who are in the same criminal ecosystem, under scrutiny. This litigation is another step forward in holding cybercriminals accountable, by not just targeting those that operate botnets, but also those that profit from malware distribution.”

Google’s disruption of CryptBot comes after the company took legal action in 2021 against the two alleged operators of the Glupteba botnet, which the company said was used to steal Google users’ logins and account information.

Google has announced that it will be reducing its efforts to disrupt the market. observed a 78% reduction in Glupteba infections.

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