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Windows warning over trojan malware that takes over your computer and steals passwords – how to protect your data

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WINDOWS users are being warned about Trojan malware that could take over your computer.

A new JavaScript downloader is being used by hackers to send out eight kinds of remote Trojan malware to gain access to people’s Windows systems. 

The malware has the ability to steal usernames, passwords, and other sensitive data. 

The downloader is being called RATDispenser by cybersecurity researchers who say the initial entry point is in the form of a phishing email claiming to contain a file about an order.

Clicking on the file will install the RATDispenser which will distribute a bunch of different malware all designed to steal your information. 

The downloader installs all kinds of malware. Some are known like WSHRAT and some are new such as Panda Stealer.

RATDispenser was only detected by one in 10 anti-virus engines, making it a very dangerous malware.

“It’s particularly concerning to see RATDispenser only being detected by about 11 percent of anti-virus systems, resulting in the stealthy malware successfully deploying on the victims’ endpoints in most cases,” said Patrick Schlapfer, a malware analyst at HP.

Schlapfer added that the malware poses a “silent threat”, allowing hackers to steal information from business accounts or even cryptocurrency wallets. 

“From here, cybercriminals can siphon off sensitive data, escalate their access, and in some cases sell this access on to ransomware groups," he said.

Researchers are saying network administrators should oversee and inspect what kinds of email attachment files are allowed in their email gateways and block ones that aren’t needed such as JavaScript or VBScript.

It's also important to know that you should never click on any unfamiliar links or files and never give your information to someone you don't know.

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