When it comes to hackers accessing your computers and stealing your personal information, you can breathe easy, right? If you've got an anti-virus program installed on your computer, you're safe.
Or, so you thought. As it turns out, not all anti-virus programs are invulnerable to attack. In fact, a Google security expert just exposed a major vulnerability on a widely used anti-virus program.
This cybersecurity expert found a flaw in Trend Micro anti-virus software could have allowed hackers to steal all your passwords. And they could do it remotely, from anywhere in the world.
In total, this Google cybersecurity expert found at least 70 APIs (application program interfaces) with vulnerabilities. He urged Trend Micro to hire an outside consultancy to review its anti-virus' coding.
Trend Micro says it has issued a patch for this flaw. "As part of our standard vulnerability response process, we worked with [this cybersecurity expert] to identify and address the vulnerability," wrote a Trend Micro executive. "Customers are now getting protections through automatic updates."