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Pirated games helped spread malware that infected 3.2 million PCs

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malware case study that a database containing the stolen information was accidentally shared by hackers.After being discovered, Nordlocker analyzed the database in partnership with a data breach research company before taking steps to remove it from the internet.Screenshots made by the malware revealed that it was spread through the sharing of “illegal software, windows cracking tools and pirated games”.In particular, Nordlocker identified an illegal version of Adobe Photoshop is just one of the ways that the malware had been spread.Between 2018 and 2020 the malware had infected 3.2 million PCs and stole over 6 million files from infected Desktop and Downloads folders.The stolen files were mostly made up of three million text files, 900,000.

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