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Beware of Fake Telegram Messenger App Hacking PCs with Purple Fox Malware

Attack described as different from intrusions that typically take advantage of legitimate software for dropping malicious payloads.

Trojanized installers of the Telegram messaging application are being used to distribute the Windows-based Purple Fox backdoor on compromised systems.

That’s according to new research published by Minerva Labs, describing the attack as different from intrusions that typically take advantage of legitimate software for dropping malicious payloads.

“This threat actor was able to leave most parts of the attack under the radar by separating the attack into several small files, most of which had very low detection rates by [antivirus] engines, with the final stage leading to Purple Fox rootkit infection,” researcher Natalie Zargarov said.

Read more at The Hacker News

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