August 24, 2014 Leave a comment New hacking trick lets giant-sized malware onto your computer By Komando Staff, Komando.com 14,86414.8k Just when the threats seem to be coming from all angles, a proof-of-concept hack proves that it's possible to infect open source software without you even noticing. Yes, this latest security threat could be even more dangerous than what hackers did to the Russian Prime Minister.If a hacker can find a way to infect a point where the data being sent to your computer has to pass through, then they can infect your computer with massively powerful viruses. A large amount of software downloads an "install" file that actually downloads the rest of an open source program to your PC. German cybersecurity researchers discovered that if a hacker can infect one of the servers that sends you these downloads, then your computer is open season.Because these programs tend to have larger file sizes, hackers can develop malware that takes up more space on your PC. This means that they can give it more complex instructions - most likely adding your PC to a botnet - without you noticing.The worst part is that these open source programs are all downloaded from sources we trust. Hackers can already hit through YouTube, but this is something entirely more dangerous. By infecting the points between downloading and installing a program, hackers can use that trust against us. Please share this information with everyone. Just click on any of these social media buttons. Email Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Source: Threatpost Security & Privacy Hacking Malware Security BREAKING NEWS, TIPS, AND MORE LIKED WHAT YOU READ? GET MORE IN YOUR INBOX FREE. Stay up-to-date the easy way. SIGN ME UP! Previous Happening Now You don't read as well using an e-reader Next Happening Now Aspiring 'Winklevoss Twin' claims he knows Facebook's dirty secret Related Articles 6 essential steps to secure your smartphone or tablet Easiest way to find your router's default IP address and password How to track credit card skimmers Don't let stores and airports track your movements!