Accessing online accounts used to seem so straightforward: Remember your username and the name of your favorite pet, and you’re in! As cyber criminals have pressed in, accessing our accounts has gotten more involved. Recommendations now involve using unique passphrases with numbers and symbols, changing them routinely, and enabling multifactor authentication. A great convenience was that many web browsers now offer to store encrypted versions of your credentials.
RedLine Stealer has poked holes in the convenience of stored credentials. RedLine Stealer is a malware that showed up in 2020. It allows criminals to access accounts as the original user. As long as there is a login saved in the victim’s web browser, the criminals can access and decrypt the credentials for later use. Further, if the user told a browser to “Never save” for a specific site, that information is also available to the criminal. While the hacker cannot simply decrypt the credentials, they do then know an account likely exists for them. They then have a starting point if they want to take their attack further.
Making a Profit
The most troubling bit is that RedLine Stealer is malware-as-a-service. That means it is licensed out by its creators for any cyber criminal willing to pay to use. As a result, it is being used to steal data beyond usernames and passwords. In fact, RedLine Stealer is responsible for half of all data sold on an up-an-coming dark web marketplace.
What Can You Do?
The main take away is that while an extra step may inconvenience you, it can save you in the long run. Extra steps to take include:
- Enable multifactor authentication wherever possible.
- Avoid saving usernames and passwords in your web browser. A separate well-reputed password manager is a better option.
- Click "Do not save" instead of "Never ask" every time your browser prompts you to save credentials for a website.
- Update and patch your systems. A patch exists for the primary vulnerability exploited in RedLine Stealer. If your web browser has its current security patches applied, you should be protected from this particular malware.
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