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'Citadel' password-cracking malware is on 1 in 500 computers

'Citadel' isn't an all-new security threat. It's actually been around for quite a while. That's not to say that the Citadel malware isn't scary. It's a massively distributed virus that has infected about 1 in 500 computers worldwide, according to researchers with IBM.

Citadel just got a new, scary update.

Instead of simply logging all of your keystrokes after finding its way onto your computer, Citadel now targets password managers. Specifically, Citadel goes after neXus Personal Security Client, Password Safe and KeePass.

Cracking these password managers is valuable to hackers because it gives them complete access to your accounts. Banking, email and any other online valuables are open for the taking if hackers manage to breach your password manager.

This scary cloud does have a silver lining, however, and that's that Citadel is a well-known virus. Just about every anti-virus program will be able to pick up and delete Citadel.

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Running regular anti-virus scans will make sure that your computer isn't infected with this dangerous keylogger.

The one thing you should do in response to this uptick in Citadel infections is to watch where you use your password manager. Avoid logging into password managers on public computers or anywhere that's exposed to people who you don't know.

Also, I think it's important to note that while password managers are usually a safe way to store multiple passwords, it's up to you to make sure that no one sneaks their way onto your computer.

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