Virus Trickboat Steals 250 Million E-mail Accounts
Virus Trickboat Steals 250 Million E-mail Accounts

Malicious trickbot software has stolen 250 million e-mail accounts from several countries, including the governments of the United States, Great Britain, Canada and others. This software is not new, it has been in vogue since 2016.

According to cybersecurity researchers of Deep Instinct, Trickboat analyzes an e-mail account, collecting contacts that are spreading. After the account hijack, it sends malicious emails, and then removes them from the Outbox and Trash folder, says the researcher.

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In a recent investigation, Deep Instinct has discovered a database with 250 million compromised email addresses. The company reports that millions are owned by governments.

The database includes more than 25 million Gmail accounts, 19 million Yahoo and 11 million Hotmail. AOL and MSN accounts also suffered losses. Deep Instinct Notes that Trickboat uses all these accounts to spread other malware.

The TechCrunch site reports that researchers first detected the trickbuster on June 25. The Deep Instinct is still investigating and exchanging information with the authorities. As the company said, Trickbuster is concerned about its extensive use, this method is a powerful addition to the vast array of Trick Dots.

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