KEYBOARD crooks infiltrated over 3 million computers and snatched up 26 million coveted credentials and payment information for a wide array of accounts including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and others.
A total of 1.2-terabyte worth of hijacked personal data was pulled from 3.25 million companies that run Windows-based programs over a two-year timespan by mystery hackers using bespoke malware.
The sniper cyber hack was discovered by security outfit NordLocker and suggested the precious secrets were exposed when users opened Trojan horse style emails that activated the malware and snapped screenshots of the online activities and password logins and payment information to such mainstay sites such as Netflix, Paypal, Twitch, Twitter, eBay and Instagram among others.
“The truth is, anyone can get their hands on custom malware. It’s cheap, customizable, and can be found all over the web,” the firm NordLocker explained following its posting on Wednesday.
“Dark Web ads for these viruses uncover even more truth about this market. For instance, anyone can get their own custom and stealthy malware and even lessons on how to use the stolen data for as little as $100.
“And custom does mean custom – advertisers promise that they can build a virus to attack virtually any app the buyer needs,” it explained in a statement published by Threatpost.
The 26 million logins – that involved social media accounts, online marketplace shopping, job searches, gaming, financial services, email – were purloined between 2018 and 2020.