Storing your passwords online is a major risk, but thanks to this fiendish piece of malware, even typing them out on your keyboard can have disastrous results.
According to research by Cofense Intelligence, a newly released keylogger called "Mass Logger" could significantly impact the keylogger and phishing threat landscape.
What is a keylogger?
A keylogger is a form of malware designed to record the keystrokes made by the user. In other words, if a hacker sneaks a keylogger onto your computer, it can report every single thing you type back to them, including valuable private information like your passwords.
Keyloggers currently make up the largest volume of unique phishing campaigns by malware type, and they continue to grow in popularity and sophistication.
The reason Mass Logger has got experts worried is that it isn't just your typical keylogger. In addition to recording keystrokes and sending logs of them back via email or FTP, it can also steal specific file types, take screenshots, and spread via USB devices.
More features are expected to be added, as its creator, NYANxCAT, is regularly improving it, having already released 13 updates for it in a span of 3 weeks. This rapid update speed allows it to quickly respond to the security measures being taken to detect and defend against it, as well as implement customer feedback.
Add to that an intuitive user interface, and you've got yourself an easy-to-use, feature-rich, regularly updated tool poised to become a popular weapon of choice for a lot of cybercriminals out there.
What can you do?
Although keyloggers may not seem as disruptive and costly as other varieties of malware like ransomware, the stolen passwords that can be acquired through them can be leveraged to execute much more crippling attacks.
In the event that your computer gets infected with Mass Logger, or any other keylogger, one way to prevent it from stealing your passwords as you type them is to not have to type them at all.
Not only does MYKI allow you to create strong and unique passwords for each of your accounts, it also gives you the ability to autofill them every time you need to log in. The less passwords being manually typed out, the less passwords being recorded by a keylogger.
Download MYKI on desktop or mobile today and start taking control of your digital identity.