Hackers Hid Malware In Ccleaner, A Free App Meant To Clean Out Computers
Hackers hid malware in CCleaner, a popular app meant to clean out cookies and junk programs from Android phones and computers to make them run faster.
The malware was present in the program for four weeks before it was discovered by an outside security company. It has now been disarmed.
The discovery is especially galling because Piriform, the London-based company that makes the software, was acquired in July by Avast, a Czech Republic-based security software maker.
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According to Piriform, the malware was first discovered by Morphisec, an Israeli security company. The compromised version of CCleaner was released on August 15 and was undetected for four weeks, "underscoring the sophistication of the attack," Morphisec vice president for research and development Michael Gorelik wrote in a blog post.
CCleaner advertises that "it protects your privacy and makes your computer faster and more secure!"
The company estimates that 2.27 million users had the affected software installed on Windows PCs. It believes the number is now reduced to 730,000 due to its efforts to upgrade customers.
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The discovery that the software had been illegally modified was made on September 12. The cloud-based version of the app was automatically updated.
Piriform encouraged all other users to update their CCleander software to version 5.34 or higher.
However, in a statement to USA TODAY the company emphasized that it believes it was able to disarm the threat before the malware was able to harm any of its customers.
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