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Hackers are using 19-year-old WinRar bug to install nasty malware

By using the bug, hackers are desperatelydropping persistent malware through generic trojan on systems using the old version ofWinRar.

McAfee security firm’s researcher Craig Schmugar has identified that the world famous and commonly used compression software WinRar is plagued with code execution vulnerability for the past nineteen years. Resultantly, over 100 exploits have surfaced that can target vulnerability. A majority of the targets are found to be located in the USA.

See:WinRar and TrueCrypt installer dropping malware on PCs

The flaw in the software that’s used by 500 million users around the globe was identified only recently by Check Point Research and it immediately made headlines because of the sheer amount of time it has plagued the software. It is observed that attackers can infect devices with such persistent malware and malicious applications that most of the antivirus products cannot detect.

The infection gets activated as soon as the user opens a compressed...(continued)

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