Zacinlo is a superior threat than WannaCry Ransomware:- Everyone still remembers how much damage WannaCry did back in 2017. It affected millions of Window PC starting from Windows XP and Windows 7. It is usually a ransomware that hijacks your PC and asking for money via BitCoins to unlock those files. If failed to do so, the files will be destroyed. The Ransome used to be more than $100 so pay or forget. Now a new threat called Zacinlo has surfaced up after 6-year-old. Yes, it is a 6-year-old Malware. But now it has more devastating features. It just harvests data on your PC without your consent, pops ads from nowhere and takes a screenshot of you do on your pc. Hence, you will get to know only when damage has been done.
Only adware and screenshot? Zacinlo has much more
This malware doesn’t stop here. This has a major effect on PC running Windows 10. Yes, only Windows 10. So, now even Microsoft’s so-proclaimed OS is not secure at all. Can you just imagine how it feels right now?
The threat was found by BitDefender inside a fake VPN software S5Mark. Zacinlo is bundled with a rootkit inside this software. Once you download and install the software, the malware will install itself on your PC. Once installed, it will keep on updating its definitions in the background. Also, it will take a screenshot of your entire PC, what you do, and send the same to the attacker. So, if you think that https will help you remain safe. think again! The malware is so devastating that it will even hijack into your https traffic, making it less secure even.
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According to the researcher who finds the rootkit,
“Last year we came across a digitally signed rootkit capable of installing itself on most Windows operating systems, including the newest releases of Windows 10. Since rootkits these days account for under 1 percent of the malware output we see worldwide, this immediately drew our attention and prompted us to carry out an extensive analysis of the payload, its origins, and the spread. We discovered an ample operation whose central component is a very sophisticated piece of adware with multiple functionalities.”
Yes, a 6-year-old rootkit is killing Windows 10 of 2018. According to Microsoft, Windows is resistant to rootkits, Then how Microsoft?
The rootkit is a kind of adware bomb. Once it finds a place in your PC, it will start bombarding your PC with consistent ads.
Will updating AV software help, Zacinlo bypasses them all!
Thinking that just updating antivirus will help you remain protected? Think again! This malware is targetting all the popular antivirus present. It just bypasses the AV software and may also shut them down. Even BitDefender is also affected with the same. Sam is with Kaspersky, Windows Defender, Kingsoft, Symantec’s Norton and many others.
In their white paper, the researcher also mentions:
“The central piece of the adware is probably the rootkit driver, which is responsible for providing persistence and protection for the other components from being read, written or deleted. It is also used to patch or block antimalware services. Among the targeted antimalware solutions are products developed by the following companies: Bitdefender, Qihoo, Kingsoft, Malwarebytes, Symantec, Panda, HitmaPro, Avast, Avg, Microsoft, Kaspersky, Emsisoft, and Zemana. The rootkit finds them by file names or by Subject Name filled in their certificates, then the antimalware modules are prevented from starting.”
Reinstalling OS will help? Zacinlo will still affect you!
Thinking of moving to reinstall Windows? Well, you cannot eliminate Zacinlo that way. Once Zacinlo finds a place inside your PC, it remains there forever. Frightening, eh? Its actually is. Maybe removing the malware is to swap out your HDD forever!?
Now a question comes how to remain safe from this piece of garbage? Well, it’s quite simple.
- Never ever go for free VPN services. NEVER EVER!
- Do not download anything from the internet. If downloaded from an unknown source or untrusted source remove that immediately.
- The only download stuff from where you think its trust.
- If you want VPN, go with paid one.
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