A Polish cybersecurity researcher has released an automated tool designed for pen testers that has the ability intercept data in real-time and even swipe 2FA credentials, a move that has some in the industry concerned that it could be used for nefarious purposes.

Piotr Duszyński last week released the open-source tool, named Modlishka which means Mantis in Polish, on Github he said as a way to raise awareness and to enable pen testers to launch effective phishing campaigns as part of red team engagements and in no way endorses the malicious use of his tool. However, the fact that Modlishka makes phishing attacks more effective also makes it a perfect weapon for a cybercriminal.

Tim Helming, director of product management, DomainTools. Said what Duszyński did is quite different from releasing an exploit or vulnerability after a patch has been found possibly opening the door for a major data breach.

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