It’s no secret that there are eyes all over the web keeping tabs on your every move — and it’s not all spyware and ad trackers doing it, either.
In fact, some of the biggest names in tech routinely monitor your activity in order to learn about you, recommend content, and sell products and services to you. Our most intimate activities are the kind of material that unscrupulous marketers and cybercriminals are dying to get a hold of — and when they do, the end result is usually blackmail or worse.
This allows the cybercriminals behind Varenyky to put a “name to a face,” so to speak, and add some additional bite to their sextortion threats.
As if screen recording and data harvesting weren’t scary enough, researchers are stressing that these capabilities are actually new to the malware.
”We’ll be keeping an eye on Varenyky — as well as any developments surrounding its spread.
This story will be updated as new information arises, but in the meantime, one of the best things you can do to protect your system from compromise is back up your vital data to a secure location for safekeeping.
Some say it’s harmless, that neither the viewer nor the subject is at risk because no one is physically hurt.The malware, dubbed “Varenyky,” was first discovered in France earlier this summer.So far, it has only targeted French netizens — specifically subscribers of Orange S. The malware even goes so far as checking to make sure the computer and its user are French.As mentioned above, the malware is rapidly changing.It may not be long at all before it makes the inevitable jump across the pond.Some say it’s no one’s business what you view in private, out of sight of others.Some say it’s everywhere anyway, so why be so concerned?It’s also worth mentioning that visiting adult websites can be a security risk on their own.Many of these websites contain a plethora of trackers and malicious cookies that can stick around long after you leave.When it infects a computer, this malware secretly records your screen — and any compromising material that might be on display.We’ll tell you how you can steer clear of this freaky piece of software.