Cybercriminals have exploited the vulnerability of the messenger Telegram for access to computers in Russia, the report said Kaspersky Lab.
“We found several scenarios of exploitation of a vulnerability through which, in addition to the spyware spread and miners, has become a global trend we observe for the entire period “of the cryptocurrency boom,” said virus expert of Kaspersky Lab’s Alexey Firsh, whose words are reported. – It is possible that there were other, more targeted usage scenarios of this vulnerability”.
According to Kaspersky Lab, the attackers used a vulnerability in the client of Telegram messenger for Windows from March 2017. With their help, the criminals spread among users a backdoor through which the received remote access to the infected computers, set up the spy software.
Vulnerability Telegram was used to install on users ‘ computers for mining. Using the computing power of infected computers, criminals have produced different cryptocurrencies, including Monero, zcash for, Fantomcoin, and others.
According to estimates by Kaspersky Lab, all the cases of exploitation have been recorded in Russia.
The company clarified that all the actions of malefactors suffered 1 thousand users.
Kaspersky lab announced the developers of the messenger about the problem, and to date, the vulnerability is closed.
Renewed: Commenting on the statement of Kaspersky Lab, founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov’s statement called anti-virus company PR. “As always, the records of the anti-virus companies should be treated with skepticism, as they tend to exaggerate the seriousness of their findings to gain publicity in the media,” – said Durov.