It's not too difficult getting inside the head of a cybercriminal. That's because the majority of the time their actions are driven by money.
Most of the time when you hear about malware, phishing attacks, or ransomware it ends up being about ripping us off. They have no scruples and will use every tool in their disposal to steal our money.
However, there are some occasions when an attack has a more devious purpose than stealing money. That might actually be the case with this malware attack that was just discovered.
This malware has been hiding for years
Researchers at ESET recently discovered a sneaky form of cyber-espionage malware. What makes it so sneaky is the fact that it's been active since 2013 but was only recently discovered.
The malware is dubbed InvisiMole. It's especially creepy malware because it turns infected gadgets into spying tools.
If your device is infected with InvisiMole, the attacker is able to hear and see everything happening around you. That's because the malware takes control of the gadget's video camera and microphone.
The cybercriminals have done a great job at disguising this attack. So much so that researchers haven't been able to track down who's behind it or how the malware is installed on infected devices. One theory is the scammer has to actually gain physical access to the targeted gadgets.
One of the researches who discovered InvisiMole said, "Our telemetry indicates that the malicious actors behind this malware have been active at least since 2013, yet the cyber-espionage tool was never analyzed nor detected until discovered by ESET products on compromised computers in Ukraine and Russia. All infection vectors are possible, including installation facilitated by physical access to the machine."
The good news is this is thought to be a very targeted attack. Only a few dozen computers in Ukraine and Russia have been compromised by InvisiMole at this point.
However, that doesn't mean other sophisticated attacks like this can't spread to the rest of our gadgets. In fact, with all the copycat criminals in the world it's more likely than not for this type of spyware to go global.
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