Malware Found in Piriform’s Popular file cleanup software

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Privately owned software company Piriform has revealed that their popular computer cleaning software CCleaner was attacked by cyber criminals and infected with malicious codes.

The London based company which is a child organization of Avast is known as the creators of hugely popular software CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva and Speccy. CCleaner is a file cleanup software used to remove thrash files from Windows Laptop and Android phones, with over 5 million downloads weekly and a whopping 2 billion downloads since its launch in 2003, it is easily the most popular Cleaning software available.

Threat Found By Intelligence Team

Cisco Talos, a leading cyber threat intelligence team discovered this backdoor on September 13 when their systems notified the team of a potential threat in the software. Further investigation revealed that the loophole which allowed for the download of Virus be it a keylogger or a ransomware had been in the system already as the infected version was launched on August 15.

This was done by experts as their object of attack was a legitimate CCleaner server making the comprised software appear as the real version released.

This attack was carried out in such a way that the hackers could easily take over millions of devices and an estimated 2.27 million people were affected. The company recommended that users with CCleaner v5.33.6162 should uninstall and download the most recent versions immediately as their version has been compromised and the software doesn’t allow for automatic updates. Same with the CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191.

The company following the revelation was quick to assure users that no damage was done to their devices but urged them to check for the version of the software installed just a precautionary measure. They also stated their alliance with the US government agency to discover how this attack came to happen, by whom and for what reason as well.