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Big News Tuesday September 19, 2017
CCleaner hackers take control of millions of devices
In a shocking expose, British company Piriform and independent researchers said on Monday that hackers had broken into the company’s free software CCleaner. The software aimed at optimizing computer performance was compromised last month and the company said that the hackers had managed to install tools that could have allowed them to take control of tens of millions of devices. Further elaborating, the company said that the malicious program was slipped into the legitimate software, which is downloaded for personal computers and Android phones as often as 5 million times a week. CCleaner, which is the main product made by London’s Piriform cleans up junk programmes and advertising cookies to speed up devices. In July, when the software was bought by Prague-based Avast, which is one of the world’s largest computer security vendors, the company said 130 million people used CCleaner. Security researchers at Cisco’s Talos unit said...Read more

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