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Hackers Infected CCleaner's 32-Bit App, Here's How To Fix It

Hackers Infected CCleaner's 32-Bit App, Here's How To Fix It”

Hackers have successfully compromised CCleaner, the popular system maintenance tool's app by injecting malware into it and then distributed it to millions of users.

Security researchers at Cisco's Talos unit said a version of CCleaner released in August included remote administration tools that tried to connect to unregistered web pages to download unauthorised programmes.

The disk cleaning utility CCleaner has been hijacked by cyber attackers that used the popular software as a vehicle for distributing and spreading malware.

Piriform

London's Piriform made the primary product, CCleaner and the Prague-based Avast bought it in July. CCleaner does not have an auto-update system, so users must download and install CCleaner 5.34 manually. The just-released September 13 version is said to be clean, according to Avast, with its 2 billion users who are not affected.

According to security firm Cisco Talos, hijackers effectively "bundled" malware in with a recent version of CCleaner. "The threat has now been resolved in the sense that the rogue server is down, other potential servers are out of the control of the attacker, and we're moving all existing CCleaner v5.33.6162 users to the latest version". But for four weeks about 2.27 million users clicked on the trusted application only to receive tainted software.

Piriform's parent company, Avast, released a statement after the breach was announced saying the infected software had been dealt with.

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Users of CCleaner Cloud have already received an automatic update that removes the threat.

Piriform's Yung said only Windows users appeared to have been affected, but he didn't estimate how many had downloaded the infected installers. It collected information about the victim's computer, victim's installed software and files.

The Talos blog notes that the nature of the attack code suggests that the hacking may have been an inside job, as the hacker gained access to a machine used to create CCleaner. Compromised versions of CCleaner are no longer available for download on its website and users of the app are encouraged to update to the latest version.

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"If even a small fraction of those systems were compromised, an attacker could use them for any number of malicious purposes", Cisco Talos said.

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