New Malware Variant Targets Windows 8 Users via Google Docs
Computer security solution provider Symantec Corporation has discovered a malware Trojan called Backdoor.Makadocs that is targeting Windows 8 users by using Google Docs as a proxy server to bypass firewalls and connect to a Command & Control (C&C) server.
According to Symantec, the threat has been updated by the malware author to include the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 references, but has not done anything specific yet. This indicates that the cybercriminals are acting pretty fast to infiltrate the systems powered by Windows 8 operating system that was released less than a month ago.
The information about this new malware variant came from Symantec’s official blog, on which Takashi Katsuki says:
“Initially, I thought that Backdoor.Makadocs was a simple and typical back door Trojan horse. It receives and executes commands from a command-and-control (C&C) server and it gathers information from the compromised computer including the host name and the operating system type. Interestingly, the malware author has also considered the possibility that the compromised computer could be running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012.”
News and image credit: Symantec