Data-stealing malware infects one in two devices

Data-stealing malware infects one in two devices
Data-stealing malware infects one in two devices

Redline malware obtains sensitive data such as usernames and passwords, posing risks to both personal and corporate systems.

More than half of all devices (55%) attacked for password theft in 2023 have been infected with Redline, the malware of choice for cybercriminals to steal data. This is revealed by Kaspersky Digital Footprint Intelligence, which also assures that the malware development market continues to flourish with new theft programs such as Lumma.

According to information obtained from log files traded or freely distributed on the dark web, cybercriminals used Redline in 51% of infostealer infections between 2020 and 2023. Other notable malware families included Vidar (17%) and Raccoon (about 12%). In total, Kaspersky Digital Footprint Intelligence identified around 100 different types of infostealers between 2020 and 2023 using log file metadata.

The growing popularity of new data stealers is evidence of the expansion of this type of malware on the underground market. Between 2021 and 2023, the share of infections caused by new thefts grew from 4% to 28%. In particular, in 2023, the new Lumma stealer alone was responsible for more than 6% of all infections.

“Lumma emerged in 2022 and gained popularity in 2023, via a Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) distribution model. This means that any criminal, even without advanced technical knowledge, can purchase a subscription for a ready-made malicious solution and use this stealer to carry out cyberattacks. Lumma is primarily designed to steal credentials and other information from cryptocurrency wallets, and is typically spread via email spam campaigns, YouTube and Discord,” says Sergey Shcherbel, Digital Footprint Intelligence expert at Kaspersky.

This type of malware infiltrates victims’ devices to obtain sensitive data, such as usernames and passwords, which are then sold on the underground market, posing significant cybersecurity threats to personal and corporate systems. For this reason, Kaspersky has launched a dedicated webpage to raise awareness of the problem and provide strategies to mitigate the associated risks.

Fuente.  Kaspersky

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