February 5, 2023

Cracked copies of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop are stealing browser session cookies and Monero cryptocurrency wallets from tightwads who install the pirated software, Bitdefender has warned.

Cracked software is a legitimate application that has had its registration or licensing features removed. Often distributed through BitTorrent cracked software appeal mainly to freeloaders who are happy to use a particular suite without paying for a licence.MS Office and Adobe Cracks are famous among the list

Bitdefender discovered that certain versions of both suites were being distributed with malware that stole browser session cookies hijacked Monero cryptocurrency wallets, and exfiltrated other data via BitTorrent, having first opened a backdoor on the target machine and turned off its firewall. Om execution instance of ncat.exe and TOR proxy with chknap.bat file bundled

The tools work together to create a powerful backdoor that communicates through TOR with its command and control center: the ncat binary uses the listening port of the TOR proxy

Licence key generators were another popular line of business for pirates, The rise of aaS produce has squashed, if not wiped out, demand for warez; big vendors have become more adept at ensuring their products only work in the presence of an internet connection where they can phone home to an activation server.

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