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Avast execs explain CCleaner cyberattack

Avast executives today attempted clarify and mitigate the public relations damage done when its CCleaner computer maintenance app was discovered to have exposed 2 million users by saying the malware was likely injected prior to Avast's purchase of CCleaner and that to their knowledge no harm came to anyone.
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Czech authorities investigating Avast over recent data collection practices

The Czech Republic’s Office for Personal Data Protection (DPA) said in a brief statement today that it has launched a preliminary investigation into Avast Software s.r.o., following reports that the Prague-based antivirus company collected data from users of its free AV product and sold it via a separate business division. “At the moment we are…
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Avast narrows down probable location of CCleaner attacker

Avast continued to reveal further details surrounding the cyberattack that placed a backdoor in its free computer maintenance app, CCleaner. The company now believes the attack originated from a country located in the UTC + 4 or UTC + 5 time zones.
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CCleaner attackers gained access to app developer’s network via TeamViewer

The adversaries who infected 2.27 million machines last year using a modified version of the computer maintenance app CCleaner were able to pull off the supply chain attack by gaining unauthorized access to the developer’s network using the remote desktop access program TeamViewer. Ondrej Vlcek, EVP and GM of the consumer business unit at Avast Software, the…
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Indian gov’t confirms cyberattack on nuclear plant

Indian government officials last week confirmed that its Kudankulam nuclear power plant did come under cyberattack. The attack reported to Indian authorities on September 3 by threat analyst Pukhraj Singh on September, but the government did not confirm that the incident took place until last week. North Korea is the likely culprit, according to Avast,…
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