Internet security breach image -stealing Trojan_blogA new piece of malware was recently reported to breach the internet security of regular web users: the image-stealing Trojan. Yes, as it turns out, malware can now steal photos as well.

 Here’s how this Trojan works: it targets Windows machines, and is programmed to search through your hard drive for ‘.jpg’, ‘.jpeg’ and ‘.dmp’ files. Once these files have been located, your now infected system uploads the files to a remote server. While it has been reported that the server is hosted in Iraq, it is still unknown as to the actual location of the individuals responsible for this operation.

Some experts believe that the cybercriminals behind this latest scheme are hoping to gain access to sensitive documents, such as copies of scanned-in passports or driver’s licenses. Others speculate that the hackers are looking to black mail their subjects after coming across photos of a private nature. In either case, this is one situation you don’t want to get involved in.

The good news is that you can protect yourself in just 2 simple steps…

  1. 1.     Do not allow FTP access to your devices

FTP does not encrypt your data when sharing between computers, meaning your files are open to attacks such as this one.

  1. 2.     Download BullGuard Internet Security NOW

Rest easy knowing your computer has the best protection from malware and spam. With a 98.6% malware detection rate from AV Comparatives, you can’t afford not to get this internet security suite.

As the number of malware attacks increase, and the types of attacks become more and more sophisticated, it’s vital to stay up to date and educated.

Internet security is too important to be overlooked, so check back here often to make sure you’re not putting yourself at risk!

Written by Kirsten Dunlaevy (200 Posts)

Kirsten Dunlaevy is a blogger for BullGuard. With a background in advertising and branding she is extremely familiar with the ups and downs of social media and the world of communication. Kirsten is here to educate you on how to navigate all things digital, in a safe and responsible manner. Her other passions are decidedly un-digital, she loves being out on the water and cooking.


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