Researchers from “Kaspersky Lab” has found a vulnerability in the desktop application Telegram for Windows that allowed hackers to secretly install malware on computers and to access them.
According to the laboratory, the software allows not only mine cryptocurrencies, but also to use the victim PCs in their order in the “quiet mode”.
According to the researchers from the lab, this vulnerability was used by hackers in March of 2017.
After installation, using a backdoor in Telegram, using Telegram API, the malware acted covertly. Many infected computers were used for the extraction of such currencies like Monero, zcash for, Fantomcoin. Researchers believe that a backdoor could be used for infection, specific people.
According to the laboratory, all infected machines were in Russia. Vulnerability in Windows client has been corrected.
Because the cryptocurrency market is developing very rapidly, consider that the number of viruses aimed at infecting your PC for covert mining, will only grow. You should be careful and take steps to protect their device. Be careful when downloading files, try to avoid untrusted sources, use all available messenger security measures and install reliable antivirus software.