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New malware hiding in plain sight for users of this browser

New malware hiding in plain sight for users of this browser
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Another day, another malware attack. There doesn't seem to be much time between cyberattacks these days. Scammers are always on the offense.

The latest racket involves malicious ads and an exploit kit. You really need to be worried if you are using this particular web browser.

Researchers with the IT security company, ESET, discovered the malware threat. The Stegano exploit kit has apparently been around since at least 2014, but it went undetected until now.

How your gadget gets infected

There is some actual good news with this malware. It seems that the only way your gadget could be infected with it is if you are running the Internet Explorer browser.

As you probably know, with Windows 10 came Microsoft's newest browser, Edge. This means Explorer isn't being used much any longer.

For those still using Internet Explorer, this is how your gadget could get infected. It begins with JavaScript-infected ads that are found on large ad networks.

These ads run a custom JavaScript that checks to see what type of security is on your gadget. If you're running a version of Internet Explorer with a known vulnerability, it delivers a malicious code through an ad GIF. If your gadget is not vulnerable, you'll see a clean version of the image and your gadget is safe.

If your gadget does get infected with this malware, it triggers an entire process that includes sending you to a new exploit site. Once there, the landing page makes sure you're running Internet Explorer and loads one of three exploits through a Flash file. Finally, the malware is downloaded and launched.

After the malware is launched, the scammer can steal any file from your device. They are targeting banking information, which would allow them to steal your money.

The best way for you to avoid this malware is to not run Internet Explorer as your browser. If you do use Explorer, make sure that it has been updated to the latest version. Security patches are constantly being released to eliminate these types of vulnerabilities.

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